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Uttam Tambar is an organic chemist with an interest in biomedical research. He received his AB degree from Harvard University in 2000, and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2006. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University (2006-2009). He began his independent research career in 2009 at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Tambar is interested in developing new strategies and concepts in synthetic chemistry to address challenging problems in biomedical research. In addition to making fundamental advances in chemistry, he will take advantage of the unique opportunities for collaborative research at UT Southwestern.

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Graduate School
Harvard University (2000), Chemistry
Graduate School
California Institute of Techno (2006), Organic Chemistry

Research Interest

  • Development of new chemical reactions
  • Discovery of small molecule drugs
  • Synthesis of complex biologically active natural products


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Honors & Awards

  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
  • W. W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
  • John Harvard Scholar

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (2000)