Group Highlights

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November 7, 2017: Congratulations to Jennifer L. Roizen and co-workers on the online publication of their accepted article. The manuscript describes Model Studies to Access the [6,7,5,5]-Core of Ineleganolide Using Tandem Translactonization-Cope or Cyclopropanation-Cope Rearrangements as Key Steps.

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November 2, 2017: Congratulations to J. Miles Blackburn, Melanie A. Short, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted article. The manuscript describes Sulfamate Esters Guide Selective Radical-Mediated Chlorination of Aliphatic C–H Bonds.


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October 19, 2017: Congratulations to J. Miles Blackburn, Melanie A. Short, Thomas Castanheiro, Suraj K. Ayer, Tobias Muellers, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. The manuscript describes Synthesis of N-Substituted Sulfamate Esters from Sulfamic Acid Salts by Activation with Triphenylphosphine Ditrilfate.

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October 9, 2017: Miles Blackburn, Melanie Short and Anastasia Gant deliver posters at the Graduate Research Symposium at Duke.



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August 4, 2017: Tobias Müellers presents a poster at the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Mini-Symposium. Nice research, Tobias!


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July 31, 2017: Miles Blackburn delivers a poster talk at the Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds GRC. We thank conference organizers Chris Boddy and Steve Wittenberger for this honor, and to Duke University for partial financial support!

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June 21, 2017: Melanie Short delivers a poster talk at the Heterocyclic Compound GRC. Thanks to conference organizers, Daniel Romo and Julia Clay for this honor!

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June 12, 2017: Tobias Müellers runs his first reaction at Duke University, sponsored by the Williams Alumni Fund. Welcome, Tobias!

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May 14, 2017: Michael Shih earns a Bachelor of Science from Duke Chemistry! Congratulations, Michael!

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May 13, 2017: Brendan Sweeney is granted a bachelors degree by Franciscan University. Congratulations, Brendan!


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April 18, 2017: Suraj Ayer has his candidacy exam.











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March 3, 2017: Congratulations to Sébastien Laulhé, J. Miles Blackburn, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. The manuscript describes Exhaustive Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions of Polyhalogenated Heteroarenes with Alkyl Boronic Pinacol Esters, and is expected to appear in the ChemComm Emerging Investigators Issue 2017.

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January 30, 2017: Rafay Malik has earned an URS independent study grant to support his independent study research! Congratulations, Rafay!


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January 18, 2017: Thomas Castanhiero runs a first reaction as part of the Roizen laboratory. Welcome, Thomas.



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November 21, 2016: Congratulations to Prof. Roizen on being chosen as a 2017 Thieme Chemistry Awardee. The award, which is given by the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts, recognizes promising young faculty at the beginning of their careers.

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September 6, 2016: Michelle Zhu runs her first reaction as part of the Roizen group. Welcome, Michelle!

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August 18, 2016: A manuscript appears online at Organic Letters by Sébastien Laulhé, J. Miles Blackburn, and Jennifer L. Roizen describing Selective and Serial Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions of Polychlorinated Aromatics with Alkyl Pinacol Boronic Esters.

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August 17, 2016: Congratulations to Prof. Roizen on the long awaited publication of a tandem annulation cascade route to access the core of ineleganolide!


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August 1, 2016: Congratulations to Assistant Professor Sébastien Laulhé on starting his dream job as a faculty member at IUPUI! It has been a true pleasure to work with you.

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May 19, 2016: Brendan Sweeney runs his first reaction as part of the 2016 Duke/Franciscan Summer Pilot Program/Collaboration. Welcome, Brendan!

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May 18, 2016: Rafay Malik runs his first reaction in the French Family Science Center. Welcome, Rafay!

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May 15, 2016: Cody Parrott earns his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Chemistry minor. Congratulations Cody!

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April 20, 2016: Ashling Zhang and Michael Shih present their research at Visible Thinking. Nice research, Ashling and Michael!

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April 11, 2016: Anastasia Gant Kanagusuku passes her Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Anastasia!

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December 10, 2015: Suraj Ayer runs his first reaction in the French Family Science Center. Welcome, Suraj!

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October 12, 2015: Melanie Short and Sébastien Laulhé present their research at the Duke Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium.

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October 1, 2015: Ashling Zhang has earned an URS independent study grant to support her research! Congratulations, Ashling!




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August 18, 2015: Sébastien Laulhé has earned a CIBA/YCC Travel Award to present his work at the Boston ACS ORGN poster session! Congratulations, Seb!

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July 29, 2015: Michael Dibble runs his first reaction during a visit as a BioCoRE fellow in the Roizen group! Welcome, Michael!


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June 9, 2015: Ashling Zhang runs her first reaction as a member of the Roizen group! Welcome, Ashling!


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June 9, 2015: Ashling Zhang runs her first reaction as a member of the Roizen group! Welcome, Ashling!

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June 6, 2015: Katya Khlystova graduates from the North Carolina School of Science and Math! Congratulations, Katya!

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May 12, 2015: Mina Shehata earns support as a 2016 Kathleen Zielik Fellow! Congratulations, Mina!

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May 10, 2015: Arielle Brackett becomes the first group member to earn a Bachelor of Science with a Pharmacology Concentration! Congratulations, Arielle!

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May 1, 2015: Funding arrives from the American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator program! Thank you, ACS, for supporting our research!

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April 22, 2015: Melanie Short passes her Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Mel!

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April 21, 2015: Arielle Brackett, Cody Parrott and Michael Shih present posters at Visible Thinking!

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April 20, 2015: Miles Blackburn passes his Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Miles!

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April 17, 2015: Arielle Brackett presents her research at the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Poster Session!

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April 13, 2015: Mina Shehata passes his Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Mina!

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March 30, 2015: Michael Shih earns a Deans' Summer Research Fellowship! Congratulations to Michael and Mel!

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January 9, 2015: Anastasia Gant runs her first reaction as a graduate student! Welcome Anastasia!

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October 19, 2014: Arielle Brackett earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Arielle and Seb!

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October 6, 2014: Cody Parrott earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Cody and Miles!


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September 1, 2014: Michael Shih runs his first reaction! Welcome, Michael.
September 7, 2014: Michael Shih earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Michael and Mel!

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July 14, 2014: Miles Blackburn earns support from the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program! Congratulations, Miles!

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June 11, 2014: Katya Khlystova joins the group from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics! Welcome, Katya!

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April 1, 2014: Melanie Short recieves a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation! Congratulations, Mel!

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February 3, 2014: Cody Parrott enjoys his first chemical reaction as a group member. Welcome, Cody!

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January 4, 2014: Mina Shehata executes his first reactions as a Duke Graduate Student. Welcome, Mina!

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December 14, 2013: Miles Blackburn sets up his first reaction as member of the Roizen group. Welcome, Miles!

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December 13, 2013: Melanie Short runs her first reaction as a graduate student. Welcome, Mel!

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November 20, 2013: Arielle Brackett runs her first reaction as member of the Roizen group. Welcome, Arielle!

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Prof. Jennifer Roizen runs a reaction.

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September 2, 2013: Dr. Sébastien Laulhé runs his first reaction as a postdoctoral research scientist. Sébastien earned his Ph.D. with Mike Nantz at the University of Louisville. Welcome, Sébastien!

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September 2, 2013: Dr. Jennifer Roizen's manuscript describing the Selective Intermolecular Amination of C-H Bonds at Tertiary Carbon Centers appears online at Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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August 1, 2013: The Roizen Laboratory begins!