Charles A. Breskin Professor of Organic Chemistry and Department Chair
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Columbia University, Postdoc
Harvard University, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, B. Sc. Chem.
Development of new synthetic methods. Mechanisms of synthetically important reactions. Total synthesis of natural products.I work on the development of new methods for the construction of highly functionalized organic molecules and the synthesis of natural products, which often have useful drug-like activity but are often not available in sufficient quantity from the plants and animals that produce them. A large number of the drugs currently in use, including the statins, most antibiotics and many cancer drugs are either natural products or derived from them. Thus this chemistry is closely related to work that is done in the pharmaceutical industry.
For a complete list of publications, see the complete Curriculum Vitae (PDF).