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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

Regan has been awarded a Novartis Chemistry Lectureship for 2015/2016 and will have the opportunity to present the group's research at several of Novartis's sites around the world.

Reed Larson successfully defended his PhD thesis on the total synthesis of GB17. He is now a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Dean Toste at UC Berkeley. Well done, Dr. Larson!

Our Minireview on the recent efforts in the total synthesis of Isodon diterpenes, such as maoecrystal V and sculponeatin N, has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. Well done to former graduate students, Dr. Kiel Lazarski and Dr. Ben Moritz.

Where ever there are bees, there is health! Congratulations to Brian and Chris, whose synthesis of the bee resin-derived natural product, propolisbenzofuran B, has been accepted for publication in Chemical Science.

Ben and Dan's total synthesis of sculponeatin N has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. A great way to start off the year!