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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 of new chemical reactions; medicinal chemistry; natural products synthesis


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Honors & Awards

  • Bonnie Bell Harding Professor of Biochemistry
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • Amgen Young Investigator Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Southwestern Medical Center Scholar in Biomedical Research
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship