Aug 9, 2013

For the conclusion of the Faculty Spotlight series of our three recently promoted faculty (Duan, Kwon and Garg), this week's feature focuses on Professor Neil Garg.

Professor Xiangfeng Duan joined Professor Ohyun Kwon and Professor Neil Garg in their recent promotions to the rank of (Full) Professor. The rank of (Full) Professor is the highest rank that a professor can achieve (other than in a named or administrative position) and is conferred upon sustained and distinguished track record of scholarly achievement within one's university and academic discipline.

Professor Garg received a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University where he did undergraduate research with Professor Marc Walters. During his undergraduate years, he spent several months in Strasbourg, France while conducting research with Professor Mir Wais Hosseini at Université Louis Pasteur as an NSF REU Fellow. Garg obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Brian Stoltz. He then joined Professor Larry Overman’s research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar. Garg joined the faculty at UCLA in 2007. In 2012, he was promoted to Associate Professor and began serving as Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2013, he was promoted to Full Professor.

Neil Garg with his Chemistry 14D Students
•Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013
•S. T. Li Prize for Achievements in Science and Technology, 2012
•ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grantee Award, 2012
•A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012
•Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012
•UCLA Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011
•UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011
•AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012 
•Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012
•Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012
•DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013
•NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015
•Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010
•Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009 
•National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005–2006
•National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, 1999

Neil Garg with his Research Group Members



Research in the Garg Laboratory is directed toward the development of synthetic strategies and methods that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules.  Our methodological interests lie primarily in the areas of transition-metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of unconventional phenol-based electrophiles and tactics for the preparation of functionalized heterocycles.  These efforts have facilitated syntheses of the drugs flurbiprofen and zyvox, in addition to the natural products aspidophylline A, physovenine, debromoflustramine B, indolactam V, and N-methylwelwitindolinone C isothiocyanate.

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