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Uttam K. Tambar moved from India to the United States in 1982. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with Professor Brian Stoltz. After he completed his NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University with Professor James Leighton in 2009, he began his independent research career at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Biochemistry Department and a W. W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research. The Tambar lab is interested in asymmetric catalysis, natural product synthesis, and medicinal chemistry.

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.

Twitter: @TambarLab


Graduate School
Harvard University (2000), Chemistry
Graduate School
California Inst of Technology (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

  • Dallas Tiki Week Home Bartender Tiki Cocktail Winner
  • Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award In Chemical Research
  • Chair of the Chemistry and Cancer Program, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 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)