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About Paula


BS: University of Bucharest, 1998

PhD: MIT, 2003

PostDoc: Cal Tech, 2005

Paula Diaconescu joined the UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry department in 2005 after spending two-years as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Robert Grubbs at California Institute of Technology. She obtained her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Cummins at Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on arene-bridged complexes of uranium. Her earlier education was completed in Romania, where she obtained her B.S. from University of Bucharest and worked on coordination complexes of transition metals and lanthanides at University Politehnica of Bucharest. Her current research efforts focus on the design of reactive metal complexes with applications to small molecule activation, organic synthesis, and polymer formation.

Awards and Honors:
UCLA Undergraduate Research Week Faculty Mentor Award (2022), American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (2019), Guggenheim Fellow (2015), Bessel Award, Humboldt Foundation (2014), AXE Seaborg Award, NSF CAREER, Sloan Fellowship, UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, BP Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bruker/MIT Symposium Poster Prize ; MIT Department of Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award, P & G Fellowship, University of Bucharest National Scholarship


Phone: (310)-794-4809

Address: UCLA, Box 951569 (post) 607 Charles E. Young Drive East (courier)
Los Angeles, CA 90095