KYOTO Rising-Star Lectureship Award Winner

KYOTO Rising-Star Lectureship Award Winner

2020

Dr. David Sarlah
(Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. David Sarlah is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was born in Slovenia, where he earned his B.S. degree from the University of Ljubljana. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 with Professor K. C. Nicolaou at The Scripps Research Institute, and then joined the laboratory of Professor Erick M. Carriera at ETH Zürich. In 2014, he returned to the United States to start his independent laboratory at UIUC, which explores both the chemical synthesis of biologically active natural products and method development. Namely, his signal achievement is the development of a highly imaginative, photochemical dearomatization of benzenes that allows for a rapid incorporation of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon functionality with exquisite stereocontrol. At UIUC, he has published 14 papers that illustrate this remarkable transformation and the myriad pathways to transform the photocycloadducts into stereochemically rich building blocks. Three elegant total syntheses of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids and a total synthesis of a tetracycline have been described that deliver gram quantities of the products. Recently, he joined the University of Pavia as an adjunct associate professor, initiating a research program based on medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Some of his recent accomplishments include an NSF Career Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2019 Grammaticakis-Neumann Award, 2019 BMS Unrestricted Grant Award in Synthetic Chemistry, 2019 Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2019 Eli Lilly Organic Chemistry Award, and 2020 FMC New Investigator Award.
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