BMS Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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Joyann Barber, a PhD student in Professor Neil Garg’s group, has been awarded a 2018-2019 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. 

The Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) fellowship awardees are chosen based on the graduate’s demonstrated academic and research achievements as well as the potential for significant future accomplishments.

In addition to a monetary reward, Barber will be invited to participate in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Symposium at the BMS research site in Lawrenceville, New Jersey next Spring.

Joyann Barber at the 2016 Seaborg Symposium Poster Session.

Barber conducts research in the lab of Prof. Neil Garg and is also a trainee in the NIH-funded UCLA Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Predoctoral Research Training Program. Barber’s research involves the study of highly reactive intermediates called cyclic allenes. She recently published a first-author paper,“Diels–Alder Cycloadditions of Azacyclic Allenes” in Nature Chemistry.  In addition to pursuing her graduate studies in organic chemistry, Barber finds time to follow her skating passion and is one of the top artistic roller skaters in the USA

Previous UCLA BMS fellows include former graduate students Alexander D. Huters (Ph.D. ’13; Scientist at AbbVie), Kyle Quasdorf (Ph.D. ’12; Scientist at Amgen), and Liana Hie (Ph.D. ’16; Research Investigator in Crop Protection at FMC Corporation). Their advisor, Professor Neil Garg, was the recipient of the 2013 Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.