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Research within our group is focused at the frontiers of organic synthesis, both in terms of new reaction design, and in the synthesis of complex naturally occurring molecules. The rich interplay between these two sub-disciplines has been instrumental in driving forward the limits of our chemical knowledge and in defining new fields of research, such as chemical biology.

Recent years have seen an explosion of scientific discoveries stemming from meaningful interdisciplinary, collaborative research: Organic synthesis has been, and will continue to be, at the heart of many of these endeavors.

Recent Group News

Check out our recent publications, including collaborative work with the Geiger and Kelleher labs, as well as a newly accepted Chemical Reviews article on the structural elucidation, chemical synthesis, and biosynthesis of the prodiginine alkaloids.

Congratulations to Ariana and Marvin for their recently received graduate fellowships from the NSF and NIH, respectively.

Our work with the Kelleher and Metcalf labs on the discovery of new natural products using metabologenomics was accepted for publication in ACS Cent. Sci.

Our work with the Mrksich lab on using SAMDI mass spectrometry for the high-throughput optimization of a traceless allene synthesis was accepted for publication in ACS Combi. Sci.

Our work with the Tantillo group at UC Davis on synthetic and computational investigations into the biomimetic total synthesis of the Galbulimima alkaloids was accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

Our first ever polymer paper, describing the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of apopinene, was accepted for publication in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.