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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

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.

Congratulations Ben Strick, who just successfully defended his PhD thesis! Well done, Dr. Strick!

Congratulations to Marvin, whose enantioselective total synthesis of metacycloprodigiosin was accepted for publication in a special Tetrahedron Letters Symposium in Print in Memory of Prof. Harry Wasserman. Well done, Marvin!

Congratulations to Changwu and Igor, whose enantioselective total synthesis of maoecrystal V was recently accepted for publication at J. Am. Chem. Soc.

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.