2020 Novartis Early Career Award (NECA) in Organic Chemistry

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Nelson Hosea

Professor Hosea Nelson receives the 2020 Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements in academia. 

As part of the award, which is focused on rewarding investigators within the first 10 years of their independent career, Nelson will receive an unrestricted research grant. He is the only recipient of the award this year and the first recipient from the department. 

Nelson’s research has been focusing on leveraging fundamental concepts in weakly coordinating anion chemistry and main group catalysis to discover novel reactions in organic synthesis.  

“This honor means so much to me and my group,” Nelson said. “Our freedom to pursue high-risk projects relies nearly 100% on awards like this.”

An assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Nelson earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the California Institute of Technology with Professor Brian Stoltz. After postdoctoral training at the University of California at Berkeley with Professor Dean Toste, he joined the UCLA faculty in 2015. In October, Nelson received the 2020 Eli Lilly Grantee Award for Organic Chemistry.

To learn more about Nelson’s research, visit his group’s website.

Novartis is a multi-national pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.