Madison B. Aufai, Ph.D.

Dr. Madison Aufai is an experienced patent agent assisting with patent preparation and prosecution in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. Dr. Aufai is a highly-skilled synthetic and organic chemist with five years of experience developing novel catalytic reactions for the synthesis of complex molecules and new structural motifs from readily available starting materials. Prior to graduate school, Madison worked on developing new chiral ligands and used them in known reductive amination reactions to give products with high enantiomeric excess.

Prior to joining Lathrop GPM, Dr. Aufai was a patent agent at an IP law firm, where she gained experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technical fields. She was also an NCAA Division III Women's Varsity Track and Field athlete.


  • Caminiti, N. S., Goodstein, M. B., Leibler, I. N.-M., Holtzman, B. S., Jia, Z. B., Martini, M. L., Bunt, R. C. (2015). Reversible nucleophilic addition can lower the observed enantioselectivity in palladium-catalyzed allylic amination reactions with a variety of chiral ligands. Tetrahedron Letters, 56(40), 5445–5448.
  • Armstrong, M. A.*, Goodstein, M. B.*, Lalic, G. (2018). Diastereodivergent Reductive Cross Coupling of Alkynes through Tandem Catalysis: Z- and E-Selective Hydroarylation of Terminal Alkynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc, 140, 10233–10241.
  • Lee, M. T.*, Goodstein, M. B.*, Lalic, G. (2019). Synthesis of Isomerically Pure Z-Alkenes from Terminal Alkynes and Terminal Alkenes: Silver-Catalyzed Hydroalkylation of Alkynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc, 141, 17086–17091.

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University of Washington, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2021

Middlebury College, B.A., Chemistry, with honors, 2016

  • NCAA Division III Women’s Varsity Track and Field