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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

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!

Our work on the the stereocontrolled synthesis of lignan natural products has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. Nice job Jordan and Abdallah, and former group member Dr. Kelly Lutz!

Our manuscript on the elimination of butylcycloheptylprodigiosin as a known natural product has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Natural Products. Well done to Brian for his hard work and rigor on this project!

Our joint manuscript with the Tantillo Lab (UC Davis) entitled "Mechanism of Triflimide-Catalyzed [3,3]-Sigmatropic Rearrangements of N-Allylhydrazones—Predictions and Experimental Validation" has been accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Well done, Ben!

Our work with the Kelleher lab on the flavopeptins was accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Nice work, Ryan!

Congratulations to Benjamin Moritz who successfully defended his PhD thesis today and will start at LaserGen, Inc. next month! Well done, Dr. Moritz!