Our research interests stretch across the field of organic chemistry from traditional areas, such as synthetic reaction development and natural product synthesis to bioorganic chemistry, including enzyme inhibitor design, synthesis and testing. In all these fields, our primary laboratory activities involve organic synthesis or constructing molecules. There are currently two active projects in the group:
- Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase inhibitor design and synthesis (IDO project)
- Natural product synthesis with the sequential Birch reduction-allylation and Cope rearrangement (Birch-Cope project)
The ultimate goal of both projects is to develop new therapeutics for the treatment of a variety of ailments, most notably cancer and infectious diseases.
Teaching and Course Information
Fall 2013 Course: