Jessica Kisunzu’s research interests lie in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, specifically in the study of strained aromatic alkynes (“arynes”). Undergraduate researchers in her lab are investigating new substrates for aryne reactivity, the synthesis and application of nonbenzenoid arynes, and the use of different methods for aryne generation. Her research incorporates the use of computational tools to analyze and predict reactivity and structure. Jessica received her B.S. at Southern Adventist University and completed her PhD at the University of California Berkeley with Prof. Richmond Sarpong. She then conducted postdoctoral research with Prof. Helma Wennemers at the ETH Zürich before starting at Colorado College in 2017.