Previous delegates have said:
.. the invited speakers are truly leading scientists in their fields…
The following speakers are among those who will give invited lectures at the Symposium.
Harvard University, USA
Talk: Deciphering the human gut microbiota with chemistry
Emily is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Williams College in 2002 and then spent a year at the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar.
She received her PhD with Prof. Eric Jacobsen in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Harvard University in 2008. From 2008–2011 she was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh. She also received training in microbiology as a member of the Microbial Diversity Summer Course at the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole during 2009. Emily joined the Harvard faculty in 2011 and is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
Neal K. Devaraj
University of California San Diego, USA
Neal K. Devaraj is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Russell F. Doolittle Faculty Scholar at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He obtained a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002, and in 2007 he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University under the guidance of James Collman and Christopher Chidsey.
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He joined the faculty of UCSD in 2011 after performing postdoctoral studies in the lab of Ralph Weissleder at the Massachusetts General Hospital. A major research thrust of his lab involves understanding how non-living matter, such as simple organic molecules, can assemble to form life. Along these lines, his research group has developed approaches for the in-situ synthesis of synthetic cell membranes by using selective reactions to “stitch” together lipid fragments. This work has enabled the demonstration of self-reproducing lipid vesicles and artificial membranes that can remodel their chemical structure. These efforts have been recognized by multiple awards including the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, being named a Blavatnik National Laureate in Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, The Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Natural Sciences.
University of Chicago, USA
Guangbin Dong received his B.S. degree from Peking University and completed his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University with Professor Barry M. Trost, where he was a Larry Yung Stanford Graduate fellow.
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In 2009, he began to research with Professor Robert H. Grubbs at California Institute of Technology, as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Fellow. In 2011, he joined the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor and a CPRIT Scholar. Since 2016, he has been a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. His research interests lie in the development of powerful chemical tools for addressing important questions in the science field.
University of Oxford, UK
Talk: To leave and then return? Hydrogen borrowing catalysis and organic synthesis
In 1989 Tim studied at Oxford for a D. Phil with Professor Steve Davies and then in 1992 went to the US for postdoctoral work with Professor Phil Magnus FRS.
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In 1994 he took up his first independent job as Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Manchester, being promoted to Reader in 2000. In 2001 he moved to the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford as Lecturer in Chemistry and Fellow of Magdalen College. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and between 2006-2011 he was Head of Organic Chemistry at Oxford.
Tim’s research interests lie in the field of redox chemistry, catalysis and the application of this methodology to natural product synthesis.
Tim has published over 200 research papers and his research has been recognized with the GlaxoWellcome Award for Innovative Chemistry (1996), the Pfizer Academic Award (2000), the Novartis Young Investigator Award (2001), the AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry (2002), the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Medal (2006), the RSC Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award (2011), the SCI process chemistry award (2012), the RSC Charles Rees Award (2014) and an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2014). Tim is an editor for the journal Tetrahedron Letters and Chairman of the Tetrahedron Board.
Antonio M. Echavarren
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain
Talk: Cyclopropanations via metal carbenes
Antonio M. Echavarren is Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona (Spain) and Professor of Organic Chemistry. Prof. Echavarren is the author of more than 280 scientific publications and has supervised 50 PhD Thesis, and 60 postdoctoral associates.
He has been awarded with two European Research Council Advanced Grants (2013 and 2019), the 2010 Medal of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society and the 2015 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. He is the current President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Talk: New asymmetric catalytic protocols for the synthesis of fluoroorganic compounds
Mark Gandelman is Professor of chemistry at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Mark was born and raised in Moldova, and at the age of 18 he immigrated to Israel.
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He received a Ph.D. degree in 2003 from the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Milstein. Following his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University with Prof. Jacobsen, he joined the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry in the Technion in 2005.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Donald Hilvert obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1983 from Columbia University. Following postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University, he joined the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California in 1986 as an Assistant Professor.
He was subsequently promoted to associate Professor in 1989 and full Professor in 1994. In 1995, he was named the Janet and W. Keith Kellogg II Professor of Chemistry and an affiliate of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at Scripps. Since October 1997, he has been Professor in the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at the ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland). Professor Hilvert’s research program focuses on understanding how enzymes work and evolve and on mimicking the properties of these remarkable catalysts in the laboratory. These efforts have been recognized by a number of awards, including the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, the Protein Society Emil Thomas Kaiser Award, and the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
University of Tokyo, Japan
Talk: Chemical catalysis targeting biomacromolecules
Motomu Kanai graduated The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) in 1989, and obtained his PhD in Osaka University in 1995.
After postdoctoral studies with Professor Laura L. Kiessling at University of Wisconsin, USA, he joined Professor Masakatsu Shibasaki’s group in UTokyo as an assistant professor. After doing lecturer (2000~2003) and associate professor (2003~2010), he is currently a professor in UTokyo (since 2010). He acted as the PI of ERATO Kanai Life Science Project (2011~2017) and is acting as the PI of “Hybrid Catalysis” Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas by JSPS (2017~2022).
McGill University, Canada
Talk: Inspired by nature: Studying oxidation at the feet of the master
Jean-Philip Lumb obtained his B.A. from Cornell University in 2002. While at Cornell, he worked with Professor Bruce Ganem on the synthesis of mannosidase inhibitors and naturally occurring lipids, and with Professor Geoff Coates on the co-polymerization of epoxides and CO2.
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In 2003, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. with Professor Dirk Trauner. As a graduate student, he focused on the biomimetic synthesis of complex natural products that relied on the orchestration of multi-step cascade reactions. From 2008 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, working under the supervision of Professor Barry Trost. As a postdoctoral fellow, he developed an atom economic synthesis of pyrroles using palladium catalysis, and an asymmetric coupling of alkynes using palladium and copper-hydride co-catalysis. He also developed a synthetic program towards the tricholomenyns and the complex macrolide amphidinolide N. J.P.’s training encompasses the themes of bio-inspired synthesis and catalysis, which form the corner stones of his independent research career. In 2011, he began an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. He was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2017, and in 2018, he was awarded a Fessenden Professorship.
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University of California Berkeley, USA
Talk: Synthetic Studies and Applications of Complex Natural Products
Tom Maimone was born and raised in the small upstate town of Warsaw, NY. He began undergraduate studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and after two years, transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his B.S. degree with high honors in chemistry in 2004.
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While at Berkeley, Tom conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Prof. Dirk Trauner. In the fall of 2005, he began doctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute under the guidance of Prof. Phil Baran. While at Scripps, Tom completed total syntheses of the alkaloids hapalindole U and ambiguine H, and was part of the team that completed the first laboratory synthesis of the complex diterpene vinigrol. In the fall of 2009, Tom moved to MIT to pursue post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Steve Buchwald where he worked in the area of palladium-catalyzed carbon-oxygen and carbon-fluorine bond formation. In July of 2012, Tom returned to UC-Berkeley as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and in 2018 he was promoted to associate professor.
University of Vienna, Austria
Talk: The beautiful simplicity of rearrangements: from Umpolung to hydride transfer
Nuno Maulide graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2007.
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Following a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University (USA), he became a Max-Planck Research Group Leader at the MPI for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany) in 2009 before receiving a call for a Chair in Organic Synthesis at the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2013.
University of California San Diego, USA
Talk: Connecting genes to chemistry to empower small molecule discovery and synthesis
Bradley Moore is a natural product chemist and biochemist at the University of California at San Diego, known for his interdisciplinary work to discover, engineer, and apply genes, biocatalysts, and chemicals associated with bioactive small molecules like antibiotics and toxins.
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Stockholm University, Sweden
Berit Olofsson studied Chemical Engineering at Lund University, and got her PhD at KTH (Stockholm) on asymmetric synthesis in 2002. She subsequently went to Bristol University, UK for a post doc on total synthesis with Prof. Aggarwal in 2003-2004.
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Returning to Sweden, she became assistant supervisor in the group of Prof. Bäckvall at Stockholm University (SU). She started her independent career as Assistant Professor at SU in 2006, was promoted to full Professor in 2013, and is the Dean of Chemistry since 2019.
She was recently appointed a ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow, is the vice President of the organic chemistry division of EuCheMS, and also the vice President of the International Committee of ESOC 2021 (the European Symposium of Organic Chemistry).
She is an internationally leading expert in hypervalent iodine chemistry, with focus on development of synthetic methodology towards iodine(III) reagents and their application in metal-free and sustainable methodology for organic synthesis, and recently served as the guest editor of a Patai book on Hypervalent Halogen Chemistry.
Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.se/citations?user=nvr9AyAAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Ben Zhong Tang
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Talk: Structural design and high-tech applications of conceptually new luminescent materials
Ben Zhong Tang is Stephen K. C. Cheong Professor of Science, Chair Professor of Chemistry, and Chair Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
His research interests include macromolecular chemistry, materials science and biomedical theranostics. Tang received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto. He joined HKUST as an assistant professor in 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Tang has published >1,400 papers. His publications have been cited >88000 times with an h-index of 138. He has been listed by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in both areas of Chemistry and Materials Science. He received the State Natural Science Award (1st Class; 2017) from Chinese Government, Scientific and Technological Progress Award from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (2017) and Senior Research Fellowship from the Croucher Foundation (2007). He is now serving as Editor-in-Chief of Materials Chemistry Frontiers (RSC & CCS).
Max Planck Institute, Germany
Herbert Waldmann was born in Neuwied, Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Mainz where he received his PhD in organic chemistry in 1985 under the guidance of Horst Kunz. After a postdoctoral appointment with George Whitesides at Harvard University, he completed his habilitation at the University of Mainz in 1991.
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In 1999 he was appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology Dortmund and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Dortmund. His research interests lie in the syntheses of signal transduction modulators and the syntheses of natural product inspired compound libraries and their biological evaluation.
He is a member of several Editorial Boards of international journals such as Angewandte Chemie, and ChemBioChem, and he is the Editorin Chief for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. He also serves on various Advisory Boards including Max‐Planck Innovation GmbH (Chairman) and Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie, Bordeaux, France. He has been the recipient of the Friedrich Weygand Award for the advancement of peptide chemistry, of the Carl Duisberg Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the Otto‐ Bayer‐Award, the Steinhofer Award of the Steinhofer Foundation, the Max Bergmann Medal, the GSK Award on Chemical Biology, the Hans‐Herloff Inhoffen‐Medal, the Emil‐Fischer‐ Medal, he is a Member of „Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle/Saale“, of the NRW Akademie der Wissenschaft und der Künste and since 2005 he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2014 he received the Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h. c.) bestowed by Leiden University, NL.
Among his lectureships are the prestigious Van de Kerk Lectureship, University of Utrecht, 2002, the Amgen Lecturer, USA 2003, the R. Raphael Lectureship, Glasgow, 2005, the Roessler Lectures, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, 2006 as well as the Musgrave Lectureship, Department of Chemistry, University of Durham, GB 2006, the Bridget Ogilvie Lecture, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, GB, 2006 , the Melvin Calvin Lecture, UC Berkeley, USA, 2007, the Cedric Hassall Lecture, Gregynog, GB, 2007, the IICT Hyderabad Foundation Day Lecture, India, 2008, the Felix Serratosa Lecture, CSIC Barcelona, Spain, 2009 and the Wang Yu Memorial Lecture, Shanghai, 2009, the 35th Mellanby Memorial Lecture, CDRI, Lucknow, India, 2010 and the Wilhelm‐Manchot Research Professor‐ and Lectureship, TU Munich, 2011.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Talk: Artificial photosynthesis for chemical transformation
Li-Zhu Wu received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1990, and got her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Chen-Ho Tung in 1995.
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From 1995−1998, she worked at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry as an associate professor. After a postdoctoral stay (1997−1998) at the University of Hong Kong working with Professor Chi-Ming Che, she returned to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a full professor. Her research interests are focused on photochemical conversion, including artificial photosynthesis, visible light catalysis for organic transformation, and photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer and chemical reactions in supramolecular systems. Her recent awards include the 3rd Chinese Chemical Society-Evonik Chemical Innovation award, the 10th Physical Organic Chemistry award of China, the 7th Young Women Scientists award of China, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She serves as an associate editor for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and is an editorial advisory board member of ACS Omega, ChemPhysChem, ChemCatChem, Acta Chimica Sinica, etc.
Scripps Research Institute, USA
Talk: Molecular editing through enantioselective and remote C–H activation
Jin-Quan Yu received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the East China Normal University, and completed his undergraduate thesis studies with Professors L.-X. Dai, and B.-Q. Wu at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry.
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He obtained his M.Sc. from the Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry with Professor X.-D. Xiao, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, with Professor J. B. Spencer. Following a time as a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge, he joined the laboratory of Professor E. J. Corey at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. He then began his independent career at Cambridge University (2003–2004), before moving to Brandeis University (2004–2007), and finally to TSRI, where he is currently the Frank and Bertha Hupp Professor of Chemistry.
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