Organic Syntheses Distinguished Lecture Series


photo of John Wood for aesthetic purposesJohn L. Wood

Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Baylor University

B.A., University of Colorado
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

March 21, 2017 11am Parsons Hall N104





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Recent Progress in the Synthesis of Complex Natural Products

Recent efforts in our laboratories have focused on the synthesis of several complex natural products.  The evolution of a synthetic strategy directed toward the phomoidrides (e.g., Phomoidride D) will be discussed.




John L. Wood was born on December 4, 1961 in Keokuk Iowa.  He received a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 under the direction of Amos B. Smith, III.  In 1991 he moved to Harvard University as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow and continued studying natural products synthesis in the laboratories of Stuart Schreiber.  He joined the faculty at Yale University in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 1998.  In 2006, Professor Wood joined the faculty at Colorado State University as the Albert I. Meyers Professor of Chemistry and in 2013 moved to Baylor University as the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

The major focus of Professor Wood’s research is synthetic organic chemistry.  Of primary emphasis is the design of innovative solutions to problems in natural product synthesis.  In choosing targets for synthesis, Wood gives equal emphasis to structural complexity and biological activity.  Giving complexity a high priority and pursuing targets with no obvious solution for synthesis ensures innovation in the synthetic design.  Preparing targets of biological interests adds value to the research by providing access to compounds of potential utility to investigations outside the traditional realm of chemistry. 

About the Organic Syntheses Distinguished Lecture Series

Founded in 1921, Organic Syntheses has provided the chemistry community with detailed, reliable, and carefully checked procedures for the synthesis of organic compounds. Organic Syntheses has more recently evolved into an open source journal that facilitates reliable access to critical compounds and innovative methods for scientists working in synthetic organic chemistry.

This Lecture Series, sponsored by Organic Syntheses, Inc., is provided to institutions that have faculty members serving on the Board of Editors. The Lecture Series is designed to provide those institutions with the opportunity to host outstanding scientists in the field of organic chemistry in support of the development of future practitioners of the art of organic synthesis.

Lectures are open to the public.  For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 603-862-1550.