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Ming Joo Koh

Ming Joo Koh recipient of BMS Graduate Fellowship

Ming Joo Koh has been named a Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. This distinction is given to graduate students who have demonstrated research and academic achievement and the potential for substantial accomplishments in the future. Koh, who is a graduate student in Professor Amir Hoveyda's research group, will receive a grant of $35,000; $30,000 in support of his continued research and education and $5,000 to cover the cost of supplies.


Professor James Morken

The Morken Research Group Advances Cross-Coupling Reaction

Professor James Morken and graduate students in his laboratory have developed a process which merges three chemicals, two electron donors and one electron acceptor, resulting in a 'conjunctive' reaction.  The resultant reaction is both selective and efficient and holds great promise for its use in the pharmaceutical industry.   To learn more about the work of Prof. Morken and graduate students Liang Zhang, Gabriel J. Lovinger, Emma K. Edelstein, Adam A. Szymaniak, and Matteo P. Chierchia, please see:

BC News & Public Affairs     Science     Science (full article)


Professor James Morken is the 2016 Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Faculty Teaching/Mentoring Awardee

Recognized for his significant contribution to the education of graduate students, Professor James Morken has been selected to receive the 2016 Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching/Mentoring Award.  This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellent scholarship combined with dedication to the to instruction and welfare of their students.  Professor Morken will receive his award at the Morrissey College Graduate School degree-granting ceremony.


LaMattina Family Fellowship

LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis

Recipients of the 2016-17 LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis are  Ashley Biernesser (Byers Group), Ying Shi (Hoveyda Group) and Liang Zhang (Morken Group).


Julia Curley awarded NSF Fellowship

Chemistry major Julia Curley BS '16 has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship  to support her doctoral studies at Yale University. She has worked in the research laboratory of Professor Jeff Byers for over two years and credits her time there as where she "learned how to be a scientist...."  To read more see this link.


Upcoming Seminars


August 19 & 20, 2016

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Lectures in Organic Chemistry

August 19, 2016

3:30 PM Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Professor Makoto Fujita
The University of Tokyo
"Coordination Self-assembly: from a Molecular Square to Giant MnL2n Polyhedra"
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

August 20, 2016

9:30 AM Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Dr. Jean-Nicolas Desrosiers
Principal Scientist, Chemical Development, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
"Development of New Methodologies for the Synthesis of Biologically Active Heterocyclic Compounds"
10:00 AM, Merkert 127

11:00 AM Break- Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Professor Makoto Fujita
The University of Tokyo
"Crystalline Sponge Method for Synthetic and Natural Product Chemistry"
11:15 AM, Merkert 127


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Congratulations to our May 2016 graduates:


Andrew Baggett

"New Strategies Enabling Diverse Functionalization of Aromatic 1,2-Azaborine Motifs"  Liu Group


Lien Yang Chou

"Design and Synthesis of Nanopore-modulated Heterogeneous Catalyst"  Tsung Group


Shalise Couvertier

"Chemical-Proteomic Strategies to Study Cysteine Posttranslational Modifications"  Weerapana Group


Tyler Mann

"Stereoselective Olefin Metathesis Reactions Catalyzed by Molybdenum Monoaryloxide Monopyrrolide Complexes"  Hoveyda Group


Kevin McGrath

"Enantioselective Methods for Allylic Substitution and Conjugate Addition Reactions Catalyzed by N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Copper Complexes"  Hoveyda Group


Julianne Martell

"Identifying Dysregulated Protein Activities Using Activity-Based Proteomics"  Weerapana Group




Graduate Admissions News

Non-Standard Admissions: For students who would like their application to be considered outside of the usual application window and/or to begin graduate studies mid-year, please contact Dale Mahoney directly.



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