Chem 308: Organic Chemistry II

This is an introductory organic chemistry course that is offered to undergraduate students who have successfully completed Chem 307. A general understanding of introductory chemistry is required. 

Catalytic C-C Bond Formation...


Our lab is excited to take active role in RISE, a summer program for undergraduate students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 

2019 – We were delighted to host Emmanuel F. Rivera Iglesias from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

 Chem 488 / 544: Special Topics in Biological Chemistry 

This course teaches many aspects of biology through the lens of a modern chemist. It is intended for advanced undergraduate students (Chem-488) and graduate students (Chem-544) who are willing to learn the fundamentals of biology, experimental techniques used in chemical biology, and the role of chemistry in biological research. A solid background in organic chemistry is required. A general understanding of biology is expected.

DNA duplex

RNA duplex

J. Am. Chem. Soc (2015), p6373.

Antibiotics... Some macrolide antibiotics bind the Large Ribosomal Subunit and block the peptide exit tunnel.

Mol. Cell (2002), p117

Informational Polymers... Fundamental properties of DNA and RNA... Chemical and Biophysical implications of these properties... Nanoscale machines made of DNA and RNA... 


Images from Marine Biol. Lab.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2009), p5590

2018 – It was a joy to work with Thaybeth I. Malavé-Méndez from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She was our first RISE student! 

He also won an award for his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conferences for Minority Students. Congrats Emmanuel!

Emmanuel and Bryan

Anton, Bhavya, Tushar, Thaybeth, Enver, Bryan, Hsu-Chun, Kyle

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Our lab is proud to work with the American Chemical Society to provide research experience to high school students under the Project SEED program. 

2019 – It was a pleasure to mentor two students, Aisha Mansoor and Muhammad Sharaf. All the best with your future endeavors.

2018 – We thank our first high schooler, Anton Krotenok, for his efforts in the lab. He is a real STEM enthusiast – way to go!