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Kudos to Sreekumar and Khoi for their recently published Tetrahedron Lett. article describing the utility and NMR studies of acylammonium salts!

Synthesis of (±)-Spongiolactone

8 December, 2014

Kudos to Natalie for her recently published Chem. Eur. J. article describing the total synthesis of (±)-Spongiolactone!

2-Bromo-N-Propyl Pyridinium Triflate

20 October, 2014

Congrats to Morgan for his contribution to Encyl. Reag. Org. Syn. describing the modified Mukaiyama's reagent!

Dr. Paul Gladen (Ph.D. w/ David Williams, Indiana University)

4 September, 2014

Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Paul Gladen (Ph.D. w/ David Williams, Indiana University).

Asymmetric Covalent Organocatalysis in Natural Product Synthesis

21 July, 2014

Congrats to Mikail for his recently published highlight in Nat. Prod. Rep. on asymmetric covalent organocatalysis in scalable natural product synthesis.

Richard W. Schmude, Jr. Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry

8 May, 2014

Congrats to Mikail for receiving the Richard W. Schmude, Jr. Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry.

Spring 2014 National ACS Meeting in Dallas, TX

16–20 March, 2014

Congrats to Sreekumar, Mikail, Natalie, and Khoi on their successful presentations at the National ACS Meeting in Dallas!

Acylammonium Salts as Dienophiles in Diels-Alder-Lactonization Organocascades

3 March, 2014

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!

Research Chemist Dr. Morgan Shirley (Chevron, Richmond/San Francisco)

12 February, 2014

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).

George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Grant and Martell Travel Award

5 November, 2013

Congrats to Mikail for receiving the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Grant and Martell Travel Award.

Direct Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of N-Heterocycles from Commodity Acid Chlorides

31 October, 2013

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)!

Rapid Assembly of Complex Cyclopentanes Employing Chiral, Acylammonium Intermediates

26 September, 2013

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!

Dr. Nathan Collett (Ph.D. w/ Rich Carter, Oregon State University)

2 September, 2013

Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Nathan Collett (Ph.D. w/ Rich Carter, Oregon State University).

Research Chemist Dr. JC Reyes (Dow Chemical Co., Freeport)

25 July, 2013

Congrats to Dr. JC Reyes for successfully defending his dissertation and starting his positions as a Research Chemist at Dow Chemical Co.

Concise Synthesis of Isothiourea Organocatalysts HBTM and Derivatives

20 May, 2013

Congrats to Beatrice and Omar for their short synthesis of Homobenzotetramisole and congeners in J. Org. Chem.!

 

Simultaneous Structure–Activity Studies and Arming of Natural Products by C–H Amination

19 May, 2013

Congrats to Jing, Cong-Ying and our collaborators in the Cravatt and Rodriguez laboratories for our joint paper in Nature Chemistry.

 

University Awards and Fellowships

20 March, 2013

Congrats to Morgan Shirley for receiving the Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship, Buck Weirus Aggie Spirit Award, and Guseman Award.

 

Dow Chemical Graduate Fellowship

17 February, 2013

Congrats to JC Reyes for receiving the Dow Chemical Graduate Fellowship and Sharon Dabney Memorial Scholarship.

 

Dr. Fred Briones (Ph.D. w/ Huw Davies, Emory University)

14 October, 2012

Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Fred Briones (Ph.D. w/ Huw Davies, Emory University).

 

Medicinal Chemist Dr. Gang Liu (MD Anderson, Institute for Applied Cancer Sciences)

23 July, 2012

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.

 

Bioinspired Total Synthesis of Agelastatin A

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!

Senior Scientist Dr. Carolyn Leverett (Medicial Chemistry at Pfizer)

8 May, 2012

Dr. Carolyn Leverett secured a Research Scientist position at Pfizer (Groton, CT)! Congrats Carolyn!

Assistant Professor Andy Mitchell (Illinois State University)

8 May, 2012

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.

Pyrrole-Aminoimidazole Alkaloid Metabiosynthesis with Marine Sponges

14 February, 2012

Congrats to Wang for his collaborative biosynthetic studies with the Molinski group (UC San Diego) to appear in Angewandte Chemie!

Cyclopropanations of Natural Products for Simultaneous Arming and Structure Activity Studies

13 February, 2012

Omar’s contribution to our toolbox for natural product simultaneous arming via cyclopropanations will appear in Org. Lett. Congrats!

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

10 February, 2012

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!

LKT Laboratories, Inc. - Specialty Biochemical Resource

2 February, 2012

Congrats to Henry Nguyen who recently secured a Senior Scientist position at LKT Laboratories, Inc. in Minnesota!

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Research Symposium

30, January 2012

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-Lactones

19 January, 2012

Kudos to Gang and Morgan for their recently accepted JOC Note describing a new and improved NCAL procedure!

Mechanistic Investigations of the ZnCl2-Mediated Tandem Mukaiyama Aldol Lactonization

30 December, 2011

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 Insertion

26 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!

Switching Between Concerted and Stepwise Mechanisms for Dyotropic Rearrangements

19 July, 2011

Congrats to Carolyn for her mechanistic paper in JOC in collaboration with the Tantillo group at UC Davis!

Total Synthesis of (+)-Omphadiol

14 July, 2011

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!

Biosynthesis, Asymmetric Synthesis, and Pharmacology of Pyrrole-2-Aminoimidazole Marine Alkaloids

3 July, 2011

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!

Organocatalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Bicyclic ß-Lactones from Aldehyde Acids via NCAL

28 March, 2011

Our first Organic Synthesis procedure was published!  Congrats to Henry, Seongho, Huda, and Diana!

Romo earns 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award for Research

24 March, 2011

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.

Bioinspired Total Synthesis of (-)-Salinosporamide A and Derivatives

7 January, 2011

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!

Asymmetric NCAL with Ketoacids

4 November, 2010

Congrats to Carolyn and Vikram on their ACIE paper describing a practical, asymmetric NCAL with Ketoacids.

Bioinspired Total Synthesis of (-)-Salinosporamide A and Derivatives

3 November, 2010

Congrats to Henry, Gil, and Genzyme collaborators on the Salinosporamide A - full story in JOC as a featured article.

A. E. Martell Travel Awards

1 November, 2010

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.

Mild Arming and Derivatization of Natural Products

13 April, 2010

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.

Inhibition of Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay by Pateamine A

28 August, 2009

A new twist in the Pateamine A story was described in JBC. Congrats to the Liu-Romo team.

 

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