Joshua Payette was born in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois in 2005 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 2005 he joined the research group of Professor Hisashi Yamamoto at The University of Chicago. In 2010 he earned a PhD for his studies in chiral oxazaborolidinium catalyzed cycloaddition reactions. As a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Mohammad Movassaghi 's group at MIT, he is currently pursuing the total synthesis of alkaloid natural products.