Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: 2513 Chemistry
University of Minnesota, B.S., 2005
Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 2010
The Scripps Research Institute, Postdoctoral, 2010 – 2015
2015 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar 2012 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award 2009 Sonneborn Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University 2007 Ernest M. Marks Award, Johns Hopkins University 2005 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Minnesota 2005 Heisig Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota
Dr. Sczepanski was born in Stephen, MN, a small town in the northwest corner of the state. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, where he conducted undergraduate research with Professor Steven Kass. After graduating in 2005, Dr. Sczepanski joined the research group of Professor Marc M. Greenberg at Johns Hopkins University. There, he focused on uncovering the chemical basis for the cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutic agents and other modalities that target DNA, which earned him a Ph.D. in 2010. Following graduate school, Dr. Sczepanski joined the laboratory of Professor Gerald F. Joyce at The Scripps Research Institute as postdoctoral research associate, and in 2012 was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. During this period, Dr. Sczepanski spearheaded several projects aimed at isolating functional L-RNAs (the enantiomer of natural D-RNA) and successfully evolved the first example of a “cross-chiral” D-ribozyme that can use L-RNA building blocks to construct an L copy of itself, and vice versa. In 2015, Dr. Sczepanski began his independent career at Texas A&M University, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.