Visiting Researchers


Jono Chung

Jono Chung
Jono was exiled from Australia after failing to attend Steve Irwin’s funeral. His sentence requires that he work non-stop on a total synthesis project before he can return home to his crazy island. Though he spends most of his time in lab he does occasionally eat, sleep, and play the didgeridoo. Jono’s favorite parts of the U.S. are that gravity pulls him down instead of up, that UCI is infested with Pokemon, and that no one makes fun of his poor boomerang skills. He wishes local restaurants would start stocking kangaroo meat for their cheeseburgers, and he has filed multiple complaints towards this end. Communicating with Jono is challenging, as he mumbles and uses words and phrases which are clearly made up; no one would seriously call a drinking fountain a “bubbler” or tic-tac-toe “naughts and crosses”. Jono’s only weakness is that his vision is based on UV light, and so he is forced to leave on all of the UV lamps in the lab. Jono is expected to finish his natural product in the Vanderwal lab and thus be granted amnesty so he may return to Australia to complete his PhD.