László Kürti, Rice University, USA
László Kürti was born and raised in Hungary. He received his Ph.D. under the supervision of A.B. Smith at the University of Pennsylvania. There he authored the now popular textbook/reference book "Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis" with Barbara Czakó. Subsequently he was a Damon Runyon Cancer Fellow in the laboratory of E.J. Corey at Harvard University. László is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. The Kürti group focuses on the development of powerful new methods for the expedient enantioselective assembly of highly functionalized biaryls, heterocycles and carbocycles. László is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the 2014 Amgen Young Investigators’ Award as well as the 2015 Biotage Young Principal Investigator Award.