Fellowship Awardees for 2008-2009
Essay: Chiral Counteranions in Asymmetric Catalysis. View EssayKatrien 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.
Erin M. Daly
Essay: Let There Be Light: Entropic Influences on Photochirogenic Reactions. View EssayErin 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.
Brian A. DeChristopher
Sponsor: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Essay: Beyond Macrolactonization: Recent Macrocyclizations Applied to Natural Product and Analog Synthesis. View EssayBrian 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.
Jared H. Delcamp
Sponsor: Sanofi Aventis
Essay: The Fu-Suzuki Alkyl-Alkyl Coupling. View EssayJared 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.
Nam S. Lee
Sponsor: Glaxo Smith Kline
Essay: Current Advancements in the Construction of Functional Macromolecules via "Click" Chemistry. View EssayNam 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.
Darren J. Lipomi
Essay: Synthesis for Organic Solar Cells. View EssayDarren 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.
Thomas J. Maimone
Essay: C-H Functionalization in Natural Product Total Synthesis. View EssayThomas 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.
David J. Michaelis
Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim
Essay: Iron as a Powerful Catalyst for Transition Metal-Catalyzed Reactions. View EssayDavid 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.
Eric M. Phillips
Sponsor: Org Rxns/Org Syn
Essay: Recent Advances in Tandem Oxidative Dearomatization/Diels-Alder Reactions. View EssayEric 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.
Brad M. Rosen
Essay: Distonic Radical Anions Generated via Single Electron Transfer and Their Potential in Organic Synthesis. View EssayBrad 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.
Matthew R. Siebert
Sponsor: Org Syn
Essay: Knoevenagel/Electrocyclic Ring Closing Cascades as [3+3]-Cycloaddition Analogs. View EssayMatthew 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.
Sarah A. Slavoff
Essay: Advances in Application of the Staudinger Ligation to Protein Labeling and Semisynthesis. View EssaySarah 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.
Craig R. Smith
Essay: The Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction: Applications in Complex Molecule Synthesis. View EssayCraig 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.
Tameka M. Walker
Sponsor: Org Syn-NJL Fellow
Essay: Isolation and Characterization of Natural Products in the Development of Novel Structures. View EssayTameka 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.