Group Highlights

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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!