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I was born in Fayetteville, NC and grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina I worked in the laboratories of Paul Kropp and, at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, Masahiko Negishi. I completed my graduate studies at Harvard University in 2001 under the direction of Eric Jacobsen, studying epoxide ring opening reactions. I then moved to Yale University for a postdoc with John Wood where I focused on total synthesis. I joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2003, and my research group currently focuses on natural products synthesis, medicinal chemistry and synthetic methodology.

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University of N C-Chapel Hill (1996), Chemistry
Graduate School
Harvard University (2001), Chemistry

Research Interest

  • Discovery and application of new chemical reactions; synthesis of biologically active small molecules


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Inhibiting pyrimidine biosynthesis impairs Ebola virus replication through depletion of nucleoside pools and activation of innate immune responses.
Luthra P, Naidoo J, Pietzsch CA, De S, Khadka S, Anantpadma M, Williams CG, Edwards MR, Davey RA, Bukreyev A, Ready JM, Basler CF Antiviral Res. 2018 Aug
Discovery of Cytochrome P450 4F11 Activated Inhibitors of Stearoyl Coenzyme A Desaturase.
Winterton SE, Capota E, Wang X, Chen H, Mallipeddi PL, Williams NS, Posner BA, Nijhawan D, Ready JM J. Med. Chem. 2018 Jun 61 12 5199-5221

Honors & Awards

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • Amgen Young Investigator Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Southwestern Medical Center Scholar in Biomedical Research
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship