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Fellowship Awardees for 2008-2009

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Katrien Brak

Sponsor: Wyeth
University of California, Berkeley
Advisor: Jonathan Ellman

Essay: Chiral Counteranions in Asymmetric Catalysis. View Essay
Katrien Brak graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Ellman's laboratory researching the development of small molecule inhibitors of the protease cruzain, which is essential to the life cycle of the parasite that is the causative agent of Chagas disease.


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Erin M. Daly

Sponsor: Merck
University of Notre Dame
Advisor: Richard E. Taylor

Essay: Let There Be Light: Entropic Influences on Photochirogenic Reactions. View Essay
Erin Daly graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at Fairfield University. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Taylor's laboratory researching the development of the medicinal potential of complex polyketide natural products.


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Brian A. DeChristopher

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Stanford University
Advisor: Paul A. Wender

Essay: Beyond Macrolactonization: Recent Macrocyclizations Applied to Natural Product and Analog Synthesis. View Essay
Brian A. DeChristopher graduated with B.A.s in Chemistry and Biology from the College of the Holy Cross. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Paul Wender's laboratory researching the synthesis of novel ligands or protein kinase C (PKC) possessing unique biological activities.


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Jared H. Delcamp

Sponsor: Sanofi Aventis
University of Illnois, Urbanan-Champaign
Advisor: M. Christina White

Essay: The Fu-Suzuki Alkyl-Alkyl Coupling. View Essay
Jared Delcamp graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Christina White's laboratory researching a one-pot, allylic C-H oxidation, vinylic C-H arylation that generates E-arylated allylic esters.


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Nam S. Lee

Sponsor: Glaxo Smith Kline
Washington University, St. Louis
Advisor: Karen Wooley

Essay: Current Advancements in the Construction of Functional Macromolecules via "Click" Chemistry. View Essay
Nam Lee graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California. He is currently a third year student in Professor Karen Wooley's laboratory researching stimulus-responsive nanostructures and a dual "click" reactive nanoparticle project that involves synthetic and physical organic chemistry.


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Darren J. Lipomi

Sponsor: Novartis
Harvard University
Advisor: George M. Whitesides

Essay: Synthesis for Organic Solar Cells. View Essay
Darren Lipomi graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry at Boston University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Whitesides' laboratory. His research combines "bottom-up" (synthesis and self-assembly) with "top-down" (unconventional nanofabrication) approaches toward nanoscale organic electronic devices.


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Thomas J. Maimone

Sponsor: Pfizer
Scripps Research Institute
Advisor: Phil Baran

Essay: C-H Functionalization in Natural Product Total Synthesis. View Essay
Thomas Maimone graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Phil Baran's laboratory researching the total synthesis of Ambiguines and the total synthesis of Vinigrol.


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David J. Michaelis

Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Tehshik P. Yoon

Essay: Iron as a Powerful Catalyst for Transition Metal-Catalyzed Reactions. View Essay
David Michaelis graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at Brigham Young University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Tehshik Yoon's laboratory researching the development of an asymmetric aminohydroxylation reaction using chiral ligands for copper.


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Eric M. Phillips

Sponsor: Org Rxns/Org Syn
Northwestern University
Advisor: Karl A. Scheidt

Essay: Recent Advances in Tandem Oxidative Dearomatization/Diels-Alder Reactions. View Essay
Eric Phillips graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at Western Michigan University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Karl Scheidt's laboratory researching N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed reactions.


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Brad M. Rosen

Sponsor: Roche
University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Virgil Percec

Essay: Distonic Radical Anions Generated via Single Electron Transfer and Their Potential in Organic Synthesis. View Essay
Brad Rosen graduated with an A.B. and an A.M. in Chemistry (masters degree earned simultaneously with undergraduate degree) at Harvard University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Virgil Percec's laboratory researching self-assembling dendrons, Ni mediated cross-coupling reactions, and living radical polymerization by SET-LRP.


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Matthew R. Siebert

Sponsor: Org Syn
University of California, Davis
Advisor: Dean J. Tantillo

Essay: Knoevenagel/Electrocyclic Ring Closing Cascades as [3+3]-Cycloaddition Analogs. View Essay
Matthew Siebert graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California - Davis. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Dean Tantillo's laboratory. His research focuses on using the tools of computational chemistry to study the mechanisms of transition metal catalyzed, organometallic, and pericyclic reactions.


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Sarah A. Slavoff

Sponsor: Genentech
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Alice Y. Ting

Essay: Advances in Application of the Staudinger Ligation to Protein Labeling and Semisynthesis. View Essay
Sarah Slavoff graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Ting's laboratory researching the development of methods for specific labeling of intracellular proteins with probes for single-molecule imaging and for imaging protein-protein interactions.


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Craig R. Smith

Sponsor: Schering-Plough
Ohio State University
Advisor: T. V. RajanBabu

Essay: The Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction: Applications in Complex Molecule Synthesis. View Essay
Craig Smith graduated with a B.S. and M.S in Chemistry at Youngstown State University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor RajanBabu's laboratory researching applications of the asymmetric hydrovinylation reaction which will demonstrate the power of this reaction to solve the exocyclic side-chain stereochemistry problem in a more global sense.


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Tameka M. Walker

Sponsor: Org Syn-NJL Fellow
University of Alabama, Huntsville
Advisor: W. Setzer

Essay: Isolation and Characterization of Natural Products in the Development of Novel Structures. View Essay
Tameka Walker graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at Alabama State University. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Setzer's laboratory researching the identification of novel and undiscovered compounds in tropical plants which will be useful chemotherapy agents against breast cancer.


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