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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.

In our laboratory, we are committed to fostering an environment that embraces collaboration among all people and recognizes that diverse cultures, experiences, identities and backgrounds enrich our lives. We believe that great research, teaching and learning is best accomplished in an environment that promotes increased diversity, equity and inclusion. We also strive to maintain balance in our lives, recognizing the critical importance of good mental health for our continued well-being and long-term success.

Recent Group News

The first half of 2020 has seen challenging times for everyone due to the global covid-19 pandemic. Despite the difficulties, the group has continued on as best we can under the circumstances. Under shelter-in-place orders, we have seen the successful zoom-based PhD defenses of both Jen and Hudson, as well as passed 2nd year qualifying exams for Aleia, Israel and Jana. Congratulations! Hopefully, we can celebrate in person in the near future.

Several new publications from the group in the past few months, including an interesting twist on the alkene walk, the de novo synthesis of deuterium labeled pinene derivatives, and the culmination of a large collaborative effort in the area of natural product discovery.