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Organic Chemistry Faculty

  • Core Faculty
  • Cluster Affiliated Faculty
  • Research Professors
  • Instructional Faculty
  • Emeritus Faculty
  • Core Faculty

    These faculty have primary appointments in the Chemistry Department.


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    Boeckman, Robert K., Jr.

    Marshall D. Gates, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
    Associate Editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry

    rkb@rkbmac.chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-4229
    451 Hutchison Hall

    Interests: Total synthesis of alkaloids, terpenes, antibiotics, and antitumor agents; development of new synthetic methodology; applications of con­formational theory

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    Dinnocenzo, Joseph P.

    Professor of Chemistry
    jpd@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-8351
    463 Hutchison Hall

    Interests: Mechanistic and physical organic chemistry

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    Fasan, Rudi

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    fasan@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 273-3504
    416 Hutchison Hall
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    Interests: Bioorganic chemistry, biocatalysis, chemical biology; macrocyclic peptide inhibitors of protein-protein interactions; metalloenzyme design and engineering; chemoenzymatic synthesis

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    Frontier, Alison J.

    Professor of Chemistry
    frontier@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-2568
    414 Hutchison Hall
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    Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; cationic cascades

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    Goodman, Joshua L.

    Professor of Chemistry
    goodman@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-4891
    460 Hutchison Hall

    Interests: Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

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    Nilsson, Bradley L.

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    nilsson@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 276-3053
    417 Hutchison Hall
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    Interests: Peptide self-assembly; amyloid peptides; amyloid-inspired materials; bioorganic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry

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    Weix, Daniel J.

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    weix@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-8383
    412 Hutchison Hall
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    Interests: Organic methods development; transition-metal catalyzed reactions; organometallic chemistry; mechanism

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    Research Professors

    Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.


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    Ebetino, Frank Hal

    Professor of Chemistry, Research
    febetino@ur.rochester.edu | (513) 532-4084
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    Interests: Medicinal chemistry and drug design, including bisphosphonates and bone targeted drugs for arthritis and cancer, receptor agonists/antagonists, and epigenetic enzyme inhibitors

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    Farid, Samir

    Professor of Chemistry, Research
    farid@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-8398
    220E Hutchison Hall

    Interests: Photo-induced Electron Transfer Reactions

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    Emeritus Faculty

    Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.


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    Kende, Andrew S.

    Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus
    alumni@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-4231

    Interests: Strategy and Tactics in Organic Synthesis

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    Saunders, William H., Jr.

    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
    saunders@chem.rochester.edu | (585) 275-4231

    Interests: Physical organic chemistry: mechanisms of elimination reactions; isotope effects and isotopic tracers in the study of organic reaction mechanisms; proton transfers; ab initio and vbscf calculations

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