Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, 12 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-3688; (617) 496-1880 (fax)
Mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry. Development of new catalytic reactions, with emphasis on stereoselective methods. Physical-organic studies of reactivity and recognition phenomena in homogeneous catalysis. Enantioseselective synthesis of natural products and pharmaceutical compounds.
1993-present: Harvard University
Professor (July 1993-present)
Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry (July 2001-present)
Department Chair (July 2010-June 2015)
1988-1993: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor (June 1988-September 1991)
Associate Professor (September 1991-June 1993)
1986-1988: National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Research advisor: Professor K. Barry Sharpless
Development of the osmium-catalyzed asymmetric dihydroxylation reaction.
1982-1986: University of California, Berkeley, California.
Degree awarded: Ph.D.
Research advisor: Professor Robert G. Bergman
Thesis title: Synthesis and Reactions of Dinuclear Transition Metal Complexes Containing Bridging Ligands Relevant to Heterogeneous Catalysis.
1978-1982: New York University, New York, New York.
Degree awarded: B.S. in Chemistry
Research advisor (1981-1982): Professor Yorke E. Rhodes
Total: 253, before 2019.
Born February 22, 1960, New York, N.Y.
Married to Virginia Estevez on May 17, 1997.
Three daughters (Adriana, Isabel, and Emilia)