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Graduate Students

NAME DEGREE/DATE THESIS TITLE CURRENT POSITION   CONTACT
Schmitz, William D.Ph.D./1998I. Beta-Lactone-Based Strategy Applied to the Total Synthesis of Okinonellin II. Stille Couplings of 2-Bromothiazolines with Organostannanes   Senior Research Scientist at Bristol-Myers-Squibb (Wallingford, CT,) 2000-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Rzasa, Robert M.Ph.D./1998Total Synthesis and Structural Verification of the Novel, Immunosuppressive Agent, (-)-Pateamine A from the Marine Sponge, Mycale sp.   Research Scientist at Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2000-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Yang, Hong WoonPh.D./1998A Tandem Mukaiyama Aldol-Lactonization Approach to Beta-Lactones, Application to the Synthesis of the Potent Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitor, (-)-Panclicin D; Studies of the Catalytic, Asymmetric [2+2] Cycloaddition of Aldehydes and Silylketenes   Research Scientist III at GlycoMimetics, 2013-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Zhao, CunxiangPh.D./1999A Beta-Lactone-Based Route to 1,2-Disubstituted Cyclopentanes. Mechanistic Studies of the Tandem Mukaiyama Aldol-Lactonization (TMAL) Reaction; Studies of the Zwitterionic Intermediate in the General Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction   Vice President, AsymChem Tianjin (China)   E-mail / LinkedIn
Cohn, StephenM.S./1999A Convergent Intermolecular Diels-Alder Approach to the Spirocycles Found in the Marine Neurotoxic Agents, the Gymnodimines   Research Associate at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, NY   E-mail / LinkedIn
Yang, JuM.S./1999Synthetic Studies of the Potent Marine Toxin, (-)-Gymnodimine   Research Associate at Bristol-Myers-Squibb Pharmaceuticals, NJ   E-mail / LinkedIn
Buchler, IngridM.S./2000Large Scale Synthesis of Pateamine A Intermediates in Route to Designed Derivatives for Putative Cellular Receptor Isolation and Receptor/Ligand Interaction Studies; Conformational Studies of Pateamine A   Chemist at Lieber Institute of Brain Development, Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), 2011-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Tennyson, ReginaldM.S./2001Studies in Asymmetric Beta-lactone Synthesis: Extensions of the Chiral Nuclophile Catalyzed Aldol-Lactonization (NCAL) Reaction and New transformations of Chlorinated Beta-Lactones   Research Associate at Encysive Pharmaceuticals (Houston, TX)   E-mail / LinkedIn
Wang, YingcaiPh.D./2002Development of New Syntheses and Transformations of Beta-Lactones: Application to a Concise Total Synthesis of (+)-Brefeldin A   Visiting Professor at Purdue University, 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Dilley, AnjaPh.D./2002A Unified Strategy Toward the Biogentically Related Oroidin Derived Bisguanidinine Marine Alkaloids: Palau'amines, Styloguandines, and Axinellamines   Senior Research Scientist II at Wyeth Research (Pearl River, NY), 2010-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Poullennec, KarinePh.D./2003Enantioselective Total Synthesis of the Potent Antitumor Agent Dibromophakellstatin En Route to Dibromophakellin and Palau'amine   Research Scientist at Selcia Inc, (U.K), 2011- present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Zhou, MinM.S./2003Affinity Precipitation Using Thermo Responsive, Water Soluble Polymers as Matrix; Synthetic Studies Toward the Ageliferins       E-mail / LinkedIn
Oh, SeonghoPh.D./2006Optimization and Extensions of the Nucleophile Catalyzed Aldol-Lactonization (NCAL) Process for Bicyclic Beta-lactone Synthesis: Applications to Piperidine, Pyrrolidine, and Gamma-lactam-fused Beta-lactones   Principal Scientist at S.K. Biopharmaceuticals (Korea), 2013-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Franco-Torres, Francisco M.S./2007Progress Toward the Synthesis of (+)-Dibromophakellin and Congeners: Proposed Final Stages for Palau'amine Synthesis   Research Associate at Pfizer (St. Louis, MO)   E-mail / LinkedIn
Duffy, Richard Ph.D./2007I. Synthesis, Reactivity, Structure and Application of Spiroepoxy-Beta-Lactones: Studies Toward (-)-Maculalactone A II. Metal Mediated Couplings of Dichloroolefins Applicable to the Haterumalides   Research Scientist at Baker Hughes (Houston, TX), 2011-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Kong, KePh.D./2007Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of the Marine Toxin, (-)-Gymnodimine   Scientist at Amgen (2011-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn
Wang, ShaohuiPh.D./2007Synthetic Studies Toward Paulau'amine and Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Biogenetically Related (+)-Phakellin and (+)-Monobromophakellin   Project Leader at Merck Sereno Pharmaceutical R&D Co, (Beijing, China), 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Matla, Andrea M.S./2007Expanding the Scope of the Nucleophile Catalyzed Aldol Lactonization (NCAL) Process and Transformations of the Resulting Beta-Lactones   Teaching in Houston, TX   E-mail / LinkedIn
Mitchell, Andy Ph.D./2008Development of a Tandem, Three-Component Synthesis of Tetrahydrofurans via Silylated Beta-Lactone Intermediates in the Tandem Mukaiyama Aldol-Lactonization   Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, 2010-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Cho, SungWookPh.D./2008Total Synthesis of Beta-Lactone Containing Natural Products; I. Total Synthesis of Belactosin C II. Synthetic Studies Toward Spongiolactone   R&D Manager, Dow Chemicals (Korea)   E-mail / LinkedIn
Purohit, Vikram Ph.D./2008Development of Lewis Base Catalyzed Stereoselective Methods for Synthesis of Beta-Lactones and Dyotropic Rearrangements of Tricyclic Beta-Lactones   Research Scientist I at TEVA Pharmaceuticals, 2012-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Lee, Changsuk Ph.D./2009Synthesis of Haptens for the Marine Toxin, Gymnodimine; Synthesis of Beta-Lactone Fused Carbocycles and Nitrogen Heterocycles; Efforts Toward the Synthesis of the Proposed Structure of Thiolyngbyan   Postdoctoal Fellow (with Professor Eric Simanek) at Texas Christian University, 2011-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Galindo, Kay A. Ph.D./2010Applications of Beta-Lactones: Utility of Spiroepoxy-Beta-Lactones and Development of a Double Diastereoselective Nucleophile Catalyzed, Aldol-Lactonization Process Leading to Beta-Lactone Fused Carbocycles and Tetrahydrofurans   Research Scientist at Haliburton, Inc. (Houston, TX), 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Zancanella, Manuel A. Ph.D./2010Synthetic Studies Toward Selected Members of the Pyrrole-Imidazole Alkaloids: Axinellamine, Konbu'acidin and Palau'amine   Scientist II at Global Blood Therapeutics (San Francisco, CA), 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Nguyen, HenryPh.D./2010I. A1,3- Strain Enabled Retention of Chirality During Bis-Cyclization of Beta-Ketoamides: Asymmetric Synthesis and Bioactivity of Salinosporamide A and Derivatives II. Optimization of an Organic Syntheses Procedure: Asymmetric Nucleophile-Catalyzed Aldol-Lactonization with Aldehyde Acids   Scientist at Baker-Hughes, (Houston, TX), 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Chamni, SupakarnPh.D./2011New Diazo Reagents and Applications of Beta-Lactones for Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Natural Products   Assistant Professor at Chulalangkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), 2012-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Liu, GangPh.D./2011Beta-Lactones as Synthetic Vehicles in Natural Product Synthesis: Total Synthesis of Schylzeines B and C and Omphadiol, and Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of Scabrolides A and B and Sinulochmodin C   Resident Scientist at MD Anderson: Instititue for Applied Cancer Sciences (Houston, TX), 2011-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
McFarlin, Rae Lynn M.S./2013Chemoselective Functionalization Of Carboxylic Acid And Phenol Containing Natural Products And The Development And Use Of A Nucleophile Catalyzed Michael Aldol Lactonization Process   Teacher at Central High School (San Angelo, TX), 2013-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Reyes, Jeremy ChrisPh.D./2013Bioinspired Total Sytnhesis of Agelastatin A and Derivatives for Cellular Target Idnetification; Synthesis of 15N-Labelled Oroidin and Keramidine Analogs for Metabiosynthetic Studies   Research Scientist at Dow Chemical (Freeport , TX), 2013-present   E-mail / LinkedIn
Shirley, MorganPh.D./2014Beta-Lactones as Key Building Blocks; Synthetic Applications to Diverse Natural Products   Research Scientist at Chevron (San Francisco, CA), 2014-present   E-mail / LinkedIn

 

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Postdoctoral Scholars

NAME DEGREE/DATE CURRENT POSITION   CONTACT
Dr. Helene Arcand Shea January 1996-March 1997   Associate Director, Drug Substance Manufacturing at AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Kaapjoo Park

 

 May 1997-April 1998   Director of Yuhan Corporation (January 2011-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Nam Song Choi

 

 

June 2000-December 2001   Nam Song Choi, Associate Professor
Department of Medical Bioscience, Konyang University, Chung Nam, Korea 320-711
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Dr. Yong Ahn

 

March 2000-January 2002        

Dr. Guillermo Cortez

 

October 2000-October 2002   Senior Organic Chemist at Eli Lilly.(August 2002-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Yasuno Yokota

 

September 2001-September 2002   Research Scientist at Research Triangle   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Andy Skuage

 

October 2004- November 2005   Lecturing professor, Glendale Community College (2012-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Paul Dransfield

 

October 2002- October 2005   Research Scientist, Amgen, San Francisco, CA.(September 2005-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Shukun Li

 

2002-2004   Principle Research Scientist, Shanghai Chempartner (2011-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Ananthapadmanab Sivaramakrishnan

 

July 2005-March 2006   R& D Specialist with Albemarle Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Huda-Henry Riyad

 

january 2005-January 2006   CEO and Editor of Key Publishing Group, Toronto, Canada.   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Ziad Moussa

 

November 2003- June 2006   Assistant Professor, Taibah University (Saudi Arabia).   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Krishnan Ponnamperuma

 

June 2004- December 2006   Texas A&M University Lecturer   E-mail / LinkedIn
Dr. Satyamaheshwar Peddibhotla January 2005-September 2007   Senior Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Florida (September 2007-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Gil Ma

 

September 2005-August 2007   Scientist IV, Organic Chemistry, The Coca-Cola Company (May 2012 – present )   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Liang Tang

 

November 2005-September 2007   Scientist II, Affymetrix, Toledo, OH   E-mail / LinkedIn
Dr. Wei Zhang June 2006-July 2008   Senior Chemist, Senior Research Scientist, AMRI, Albany, NY.   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Xinzhong Lai

 

January 2008-December 2008   Research Scientist, Novartis   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Cong-Ying Zhou

 

Octiober 2007-December 2008   Research Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, China   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Fang Li

 

August 2009-July 2010   Research Associate ,University of Arizona, (2010-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Carolyn Leverett

 

September 2008-September 2011   Senior Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer (June 2012 – present)
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Dr. Chun-Xiao Xu

 

2009-2011   Senior Scientist, Anichem, NJ ( October 2011-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Frederick Briones

 

2012-2013   Post Doc at AstraZeneca.(September 2013-present)   E-mail / LinkedIn

Dr. Nathan Collett

 

2013   Process Scientist II, Ampac Fine Chemicals.(May 2014-present)

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Dr. Paul Gladen

 

2013-2015   Asst. Professor, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest IL   E-mail / LinkedIn
Dr. Jin Wang 2014-2015   Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Arizona   E-mail / LinkedIn