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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

Last year was great for the group, with several students graduating and heading off into their own careers. In 2019, we welcome some new faces to the lab including postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Sandeep Dhanju from the Crich Lab, as well as first year graduate students Aleia Bellcross, Jana Butman, Israel Da Silva, and Jenny Luo.

Congratulations to Emily for her recent work on developing a new strategy for the convergent synthesis of polycyclic molecules, and its application to the formal synthesis of 7,20-diisocyanoadociane!

Well done to Galen and Jen for their completed total synthesis of tambromycin, an unusual peptide natural product!