Welcome to Sigrid, Jamie and Nate!December, 2017
A warm welcome to our new first year graduate students, Nathanyal Truax, Jamie Suzuki and Sigrid Kiledal!
Multicomponent, Enantioselective Michael-Michael-Aldol-β-Lactonizations Delivering Complex β-LactonesDecember, 2017
Congratulations to Khoi for his paper on the multicomponent acylammonium-catalyzed Michael-Michael-Aldol-Lactonization reaction in J. Org. Chem!
Quantitative Chemoproteomic Profiling Reveals Multiple Target Interactions of Spongiolactone Derivatives in Leukemia CellsNovember, 2017
Big shout out to Tao as well as previous members Natalie and Ta for their collaborative work with Prof. Stefan Sieber in Chem. Comm. on derivatives of spongiolactone!
Kudos to Weixu for his paper in J. Org. Chem. on the synthesis of N-heterocycle fused β-Lactones!
Dr. Michael ConnerOctober, 2017
Welcome to our new postdoc Dr. Michael Conner! Mike obtained his PhD from Indiana University under Dr. Kevin Brown.
Congratulations to Morgan and JC for their collaborative work with Prof. Jun Liu in Cell Chem. Bio. on the discovery of the cellular target of Agelastatin A!
Congrats to Mikail and Weixu for their paper accepted in Org. Biomol. Chem. describing enantioselective Diels-Alder-Lactamization organocascades employing a furan-based diene.
A Strategy for Dual Inhibition of the Proteasome and Fatty Acid Synthase with Belactosin C-Orlistat HybridsJanuary, 2017
Congrats to Mingzhao, Omar, Ken and the TAMU MiniPharma for their paper accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. on a strategy for dual inhibition of the proteasome and fatty acid synthase with belactosin C-Orlistat hybrids.
Congrats to Sreekumar for his publication in Isr. J. Chem. on the telescoped synthesis of γ-bromo-β-lactones from allylic bromides employing carbon dioxide.
Dr. Venkata KovvuriJuly, 2016
Welcome to our new postdoc Dr. Venkata Kovvuri (Ph.D., with Dr. J. S. Yadav, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology)
Much kudos to Khoi for his significant achievement in writing a book chapter that's now published!
Congrats to Mikail for his paper on Diels‐Alder‐Initiated Organocascades Employing α,β-Unsaturated Acylammonium Salts has just been accepted by Chemical Science.
Congrats to Sreekumar for his review article on ACIE about the utility of unsaturated acylammonium salts in organocatalysis.
Welcome to Masaki Yamagami, visiting scholar from Osaka University (From Prof. Michio Murata)!
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Gladen on his new assistant professorship at Lake Forest College in Chicago!
Kudos to previous members Dr. Morgan Jouanneau and Dr. JC Reyes on their publication in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters on derivatives and bioactive analogs of Agelastatin A!
Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Jouanneau on his postdoc in Dr. Janine Cossy's group!
Kudos to Dr. Mikail Abbasov for successfully defending his dissertation and his new postdoc position in the Cravatt lab at SCRIPPS!
Welcome to Ariane Fernandes Bertonha, visiting scholar from São Paulo University (from Prof. R. Berlinck’s Group)!
Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Harvey for successfully defending her dissertation and her new position as an Ink Chemist at HP!
Kudos to Sreekumar and Khoi for their recently published Tetrahedron Lett. article describing the utility and NMR studies of acylammonium salts!
Kudos to Natalie for her recently published Chem. Eur. J. article describing the total synthesis of (±)-Spongiolactone!
Congrats to Morgan for his contribution to Encyl. Reag. Org. Syn. describing the modified Mukaiyama's reagent!
Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Paul Gladen (Ph.D. w/ David Williams, Indiana University).
Congrats to Mikail for his recently published highlight in Nat. Prod. Rep. on asymmetric covalent organocatalysis in scalable natural product synthesis.
Congrats to Mikail for receiving the Richard W. Schmude, Jr. Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry.
Congrats to Sreekumar, Mikail, Natalie, and Khoi on their successful presentations at the National ACS Meeting in Dallas!
Kudos to Mikail for his recently accepted J. Am. Chem. Soc. communication describing a new and versatile class of chiral dienophiles! Article was featured in JACS Spotlights, Synfacts and Advances in Engineering!
Congrats to Dr. Morgan Shirley for successfully defending her dissertation and starting her positions as a Research Chemist at Chevron.
Congrats to Omar for his recently published review in Nat. Prod. Rep. on the chemo- and site-selective derivatizations of natural products.
Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Morgan Jouanneau (Ph.D. w/ Jean-Pierre Férézou, Université Paris-Sud 11).
Congrats to Mikail for receiving the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Grant and Martell Travel Award.
Kudos to Sreekumar and Khoi for their recently published Angew. Chem. article describing an organocatalytic asymmetric synthesis of N-heterocycles! Article was highlighted in Synfacts (heterocycles) and Synfacts (organocatalysis)!
Congrats to Gang, Morgan, Khoi and Rae Lynn for their recently published Nature Chem. article describing a rapid assembly of complex cyclopentanes! Article was highlighted in C&EN, BioNewTexas, and Synform!
Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Nathan Collett (Ph.D. w/ Rich Carter, Oregon State University).
Congrats to Dr. JC Reyes for successfully defending his dissertation and starting his positions as a Research Chemist at Dow Chemical Co.
Congrats to Beatrice and Omar for their short synthesis of Homobenzotetramisole and congeners in J. Org. Chem.!
19 May, 2013
Congrats to Jing, Cong-Ying and our collaborators in the Cravatt and Rodriguez laboratories for our joint paper in Nature Chemistry.
20 March, 2013
Congrats to Morgan Shirley for receiving the Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship, Buck Weirus Aggie Spirit Award, and Guseman Award.
17 February, 2013
Congrats to JC Reyes for receiving the Dow Chemical Graduate Fellowship and Sharon Dabney Memorial Scholarship.
14 October, 2012
Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Fred Briones (Ph.D. w/ Huw Davies, Emory University).
Congrats to Dr. Gang Liu for successfully defending his dissertation and starting his positions as a Medicinal Chemist at MD Anderson, Institute for Applied Cancer Sciences.
11 June, 2012
Congrats to JC for his bioinspired synthesis of Agelastatin A that appeared in Angewandte Chemie! Article was featured on back cover, graphic contributed by JC!
Dr. Carolyn Leverett secured a Research Scientist position at Pfizer (Groton, CT)! Congrats Carolyn!
Former graduate student, Asst. Prof. Andy Mitchell (Illinois State University) received his first independent grant from Research Corporation! Way to go Andy!
Congrats to Wang for his contribution to the synthesis of 15N-labelled oroidin published in JNP in collaborative biosynthetic studies with the Molinski group.
Congrats to Wang for his collaborative biosynthetic studies with the Molinski group (UC San Diego) to appear in Angewandte Chemie!
Omar’s contribution to our toolbox for natural product simultaneous arming via cyclopropanations will appear in Org. Lett. Congrats!
Best wishes to Ta (Supakarn) as she starts a new chapter as an Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand having completed her Ph.D. in Fall 2011!
Congrats to Henry Nguyen who recently secured a Senior Scientist position at LKT Laboratories, Inc. in Minnesota!
Congrats to JC for being the Departmental nominee for the ACS Division of Org. Chem. Research Symposium!
A Diastereoselective, Nucleophile-Promoted Aldol-Lactonization of Ketoacids Leading to Bicyclic-β-Lactones19 January, 2012
Kudos to Gang and Morgan for their recently accepted JOC Note describing a new and improved NCAL procedure!
A full paper describing the full, rich, and long saga of the TMAL mechanism appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congrats to Zhao, Andy, and Ravi and thanks to Lisa (Lab for Molecular Simulation) for computational efforts!
Diazo Reagents for Simultaneous Arming/SAR Studies of Alcohol-Containing Natural Products via OH Insertion26 August, 2011
Congrats to Ta (Supakarn) for her paper in ACS Chem. Biol. describing a strategy for natural product tagging in collaboration with the Liu Group at Johns Hopkins! Article was featured on cover, graphic contributed by Mikail!
Congrats to Carolyn for her mechanistic paper in JOC in collaboration with the Tantillo group at UC Davis!
Congrats to Gang for his elegant synthesis of Omphadiol that appeared in Angewandte Chemie! Article was featured on cover, graphic contributed by Mikail! Also highlighted on B.R.S.M. and TotallySynthetic blogs and in Synfacts!
Congrats to Manuel for his major contributions to the review in Natural Product Reports on the Pyrrole Aminoimidazole Alkaloids. Review was featured on cover, graphic contributed by Mikail!
Our first Organic Synthesis procedure was published! Congrats to Henry, Seongho, Huda, and Diana!
The 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards will be formally presented at 1:30 p.m. April 27 during a ceremony in Rudder Theater. In recognition of their achievements, each recipient will receive a $4,000 cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.
Congrats to Henry, Gil, and Genzyme collaborators on the Salinosporamide A full story in JOC as a featured article! Also featured as January JOC issue cover art! Contribution by Ranjith C. Perumalil (Visual Arts Dept., TAMU) and our own Mikail!
Congrats to Carolyn and Vikram on their ACIE paper describing a practical, asymmetric NCAL with Ketoacids.
Congrats to Henry, Gil, and Genzyme collaborators on the Salinosporamide A - full story in JOC as a featured article.
Congrats to Ta, Morgan, and Gang on receiving the A. E. Martell Travel Award for the Spring ACS National Meeting.
Congrats to Kay and Kevin on their OL paper describing Double Diastereoselective NCAL reactions and Oxygen Heterocycle-Fused Beta-Lactones.
Another mild natural product derivatization strategy was published in OL. Congrats to Cong-Ying, Jing, and Mahesh.
Congrats to Wang and JC for their synthesis of 15N-labelled oroidin published in JNP in collaborative biosynthetic studies with the Molinski group.
A new twist in the Pateamine A story was described in JBC. Congrats to the Liu-Romo team.