Jeremy May - University of Houston
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Jeremy May


Jeremy May
Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2006
B.S., University of Utah (Cum Laude), 2000

Department of Chemistry
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-5003

Office: 5011 - SERC
Phone: 832.842.8808

Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Methods Development

The goal of the May group is to make molecules of interest and utility. This goal encompasses the development of powerful synthetic methodologies as well as their application to the synthesis of complex molecules. For example, chemical transformations using transition metal catalysts that stabilize carbene and ylide-like intermediates are sought to form densely functionalized bonds of great utility to the synthetic chemist and to do so with chemo- and stereoselectivity. Furthermore, cascade reactions allow for a variety of bond forming and bond breaking events to occur in one reaction setup, thus providing significant chemical transformation with high efficiency. Target molecules, such as those shown below, are principally complex natural products that exhibit a challenging architecture and intriguing biological properties. Other targets include molecular recognition motifs for directed chemical reactions or molecular biology applications. These compounds have value for therapeutic target identification, pharmaceutical development, protein sequencing, and chemical biology.

Training in the lab includes education in the fields of organometallics, organic synthesis, reaction development, mechanism elucidation, natural product chemistry, structural elucidation, scientific writing, and other skills necessary for the practice of chemistry in an academic or commercial environment.