Chemistry Faculty

Isaac Krauss

Isaac Krauss

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Group Lab Site
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Contact Information

781-736-2516 FAX


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Mailing Address

Isaac Krauss
Brandeis University
MS 015
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Ph.D. Columbia University, New York, NY
M.Phil. Columbia University, New York, NY
M.A. Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A. Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Our lab studies interesting problems in organic synthesis and chemical biology.

Our chemical biology program is directed at the design and synthesis of carbohydrate clusters which mimic important binding surfaces in biology. One target is the portion of HIV protein gp120 which is bound by 2G12, a broadly-neutralizing antibody which protects against the virus. Good mimics of this glycocluster have potential as HIV vaccines. Rather than design and test individual glycoclusters, we are using a directed evolution-based approach, in which the best gp120 mimics are selected from a diverse glycocluster library by their ability to bind 2G12. This directed evolution is accomplished by attachment of sugars to a library of DNA sequences using click chemistry, a technique which we term SELMA (SELection with Modified Aptamers). We are also applying SELMA and related methods to other problems in molecular recognition.

Isaac Krauss glycoDNAs

Isaac Krauss SELMA

Krauss BromophycolideAOur organic synthesis program is focused on study of mechanistically-interesting reactions which enable access to structural motifs that are difficult to access by other methods. One example is homoallylation reactions. Although a great number of allylation methods are known, known methods for synthesis of the one-carbon homologs are very limited, despite their utility as precursors of stereodefined tetrahydrofurans and tetrahydropyrans. In addition to development of these methods, we are also interested in their application to synthesis of interesting target structures.

Krauss Homoallylation graphics

Selected Publications

"Enantioselective syn and anti Homocrotylation of Aldehydes: Application to the Formal Synthesis of Spongidepsin." Lin, H. K.; Tian, L.; Krauss, I. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. accepted.

"Recent Strategies Targeting HIV Glycans in Vaccine Design." Horiya, S.; MacPherson, I. S.; Krauss I. J. Nat. Chem. Biol. 2014 ,10, 990-999.

"Boron Carboxylate Catalysis of Homoallylboration." Dugas, G. J.; Lam, Y.-H.; Houk, K. N.; Krauss, I. J. J. Org. Chem. 2014 ,79(10), 4277-4284. (Featured Article)

"Directed Evolution of Multivalent Glycopeptides Tightly Recognized by HIV Antibody 2G12." Horiya, S.; Bailey, J. K.; Temme, S. J.; Guillen-Schlippe, Y. V.; Krauss, I. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136(14), 5407-5415 . (Highlighted in C&E News, 3/31/2014) Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

"High Temperature SELMA: Evolution of DNA-Supported Oligomannose Clusters Which Are Tightly Recognized by HIV bnAb 2G12." Temme, S. J.; MacPherson, I. S.; DeCourcey, J. F.; Krauss, I. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136(5), 1726-1729. Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

"Homoallylboration and Homocrotylboration of Aldehydes." Pei, W.; Krauss, I. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133(46), 18514-18517. (Highlighted in Synfacts 2012, 8, 203).

"Multivalent Glycocluster Design Through Directed Evolution." MacPherson, I. S.; Temme. J. S.; Habeshian, S.; Felczak, K.; Pankiewicz, K.; Hedstrom, L.; Krauss, I. J.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50(47), 11238-11242.

For a complete list of publications, see the complete Curriculum Vitae (PDF).