Educational Background

Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2005 – 2009)

Research: Development of [18F]-fluorine-labeled pyrrole-imidazole polyamides for in vivo imaging by positron emission tomography. New methods for polyamide synthesis. Advisor: Professor Peter B. Dervan

Graduate Research in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry (1999 – 2005)

Thesis: Chemical synthesis of base-modified ribonucleosides as novel antiviral agents. Advisor: Professor Blake R. Peterson

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, West Virginia University, Department of Chemistry (1998 – 1999)

Research: Synthesis of illudin analogues. Advisor: Professor Kay M. Brummond

 

Professional Appointments

Northrop Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2021 – present)

Secondary UMN Appointments: Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Department of Chemistry (2016 – present); Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics (2014 – present); Faculty, Stem Cell Institute (2014 – present); Member, Masonic Cancer Center (2009 – present)

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Medicinal Chemistry (2020 – present) 

Co-Leader, Cellular Mechanisms Program, Masonic Cancer Center (2020 – present)

Associate Editor, Medicinal Research Reviews (Wiley; 2020-present)

Northrop Professorship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2020 – present)

Visiting Professor, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH-Zürich), Department of Health Sciences and Technology (2019)

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry (tenured), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2021 – present)

Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry (tenured), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2016 – 2021)

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2009 – 2016)

Biological Science Laboratory Technician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, WV (1997 – 1999)

Awards and Honors

2021 - American Association for Cancer Research – Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant

2019 - American Association for Cancer Research – Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant

2016 - Inductee, Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, Mu Chapter

2013 - Professor of the Semester, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2017 - Duluth

2012 – 2014 - V Foundation V Scholar, The V Foundation for Cancer Research

2007 – 2009 - California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 – 2007 - Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, Postdoctoral Fellowship

2003 - Braucher Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry

2002 – 2005 - American Heart Association, Predoctoral Fellowship

2001 - Dalalian Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry

1999 - Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of West Virginia, West Virginia University

1998 - Henry W. Hurlbutt Memorial Research Award, West Virginia University, Department of Biology