The three-day symposium will bring together the world’s leading researchers in chemistry.
Cheon-Gyu Cho was born in Seoul, Korea in 1962. He graduated in 1984 with a B.S. degree in industrial chemistry from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1993 (Advisor: Prof. G. H. Posner). From 1993-1996 he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. P. T. Lansbury at MIT. From 1996-1997 he was an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He began his independent academic career as an assistant professor at Hanyang University in 1997 and became a full professor in 2004. From 2004-2005 he worked with Prof. A. B. Smith at University of Pennsylvania as a visiting professor. Cho’s research has focused on developing methodologies and strategies that allow efficient access to bioactive natural products. This has led him to explore 3,5-dibromo-2-pyrone chemistry, intramolecular Fischer indole synthesis, chirality transfer in aromatic Claisen rearrangement, and to develop regiochemically controlled Fischer indolization. Those collective efforts have permitted him to achieve the synthesis of a range of natural products including (±)-trans-dihydronarciclasin, (±)-joubertinamine, (±)-crinine, (±)-galanthamine, (±)-pancratistatin, (±)-lycorine, (-)-aurantioclavine and (-)-neocosmosin A. He is the director of “Center for New Directions in Organic Synthesis”, an inter-university joint research program granted by National Research Foundation of Korea. Currently, he serves as an Associate Editor of Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society and an Advisory Board Member of Organic Letters.
Janine Cossy’s early career was spent in Reims, where she did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Champagne-Ardenne, working on photochemistry under the supervision of Pr. Jean Pierre Pète. After a postdoctoral stay with Pr. Barry M. Trost, for two years at the University of Wisconsin (USA), she returned to Reims where she became, in 1990, Director of Research at the CNRS. In the same year, she moved to Paris and, since 1990, she is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the ESPCI Paris. Janine Cossy's research interests focus on the synthesis of natural products and biologically active molecules and on the development of synthetic methods (organometallic reactions, catalysis, ring expansions, opening of strained rings, methods for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, stereoselective reactions). She has many collaborations with pharma and agro companies. Her research efforts have resulted in more than 480 publications and 15 patents. Among the awards, she received the CNRS Bronze Medal (1987), the CNRS Silver Medal (1996), UK Royal Society Rosalyn Franklin International Lectureship awarded to internationally recognized women scientists (UK) (2005), Le Bel Award from the French Chemical Society (France) (2009). In 2013, she was nominated Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and in 2015, she obtained the E. C. Taylor Senior Award (USA) and the UR Ghatak endowment award (IACS, India). She is Organic Letters associate editor since 2005.
Yanmei Li, professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Tsinghua University. She received her PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 1992 and was Krupp Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow from 1996 to 1997 in University of Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1998, she became the professor of Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University. Yanmei Li’s research group focus on the synthesis of peptides and peptide-conjugates that have bioactivities, and the studies related to posttranslational modification of proteins. Her group is working on the development of glycopeptide vaccines for tumor immunotherapy. Recent research interest also focuses on the self-assembly of peptides and peptide-conjugates, inhibitors targeting the abnormal peptide aggregates. In 2008, she got National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and in 2013, she got granted by the major State Basic Research Development Program of China (973 program) as Chief Scientist. So far, as corresponding author, she has published over 100 academic papers and review articles in international academic journals. Now, she is the director of Key Lab of Bioorganic Phosphorus Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Ministry of Education and vice chair of the Department of Chemistry.
Zhanting Li was born in 1966 in Henan Province of central China. He received his B.S. degree from Zhengzhou University in 1985 and Ph.D. degree in Organofluorine Chemistry at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1992 under the direction of Prof. Qing-Yun Chen. For his thesis, he conducted research on photo-initiated electron-transfer reactions of perfluoroalkyl/aryl iodides as electron acceptors. He did postdoctoral research with Prof. Jan Becher at University of South Denmark (formerly Odense University) from 1994 to 1995 and was a visiting scientist in Prof. Steven C. Zimmerman’ lab at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000-2001). From 1996 to 2010, he was Associate/Full Professor at SIOC in the Laboratory of Physical Organic Chemistry. Since 2010, he has been Professor of Organic Chemistry at Department of Chemistry, Fudan University in Shanghai. His research interests include biomimetic and foldamer chemistry, self-assembled porous architectures and materials, and fundamental aspects of weak non-covalent forces and their applications in molecular recognition. He has co-authored 230 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited three books. In 2013, his group, in collaboration with Prof. Xin Zhao at SIOC and Prof. Yi Liu at Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in U.S.A., reported the first example of water-soluble supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs), from which his group has recently developed a low-cost loading-free delivery technique for anti-cancer drugs.
Wen Liu received his B.A. in microbiology from Sichuan University in 1992. He obtained a Ph.D in 2000 from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (Peking Union Medical College) with Prof. Yuan Li and the University of California (UC)-Davis (1998-1999) with Prof. Ben Shen Studying the biosynthesis of enediyne natural products. After postdoctoral studies in the labs of Prof. Ben Shen at the department of chemistry, UC-Davis (2000-2001), and the School of Pharmacy, the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison (2001-2003), he joined the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as a professor in 2003. He has been a vice director of the State Key laboratory of Bio-organic & Natural Products Chemistry since 2009. He established the Huzhou Center of Biosynthetic Innovation, CAS, as the director in 2010. Over the past 14 years, Wen Liu - 刘文 and his group members have published over 90 research and review articles in the fields of the biosynthesis of natural products (e.g., polyketides, ribosomal and non-ribosomal peptides, and their hybrids), bio-inspired engineering to expand the molecular diversity and utility, and genome/transcriptome mining for the discovery of new natural products. He has 16 issued patents and 9 pending patents focused on the development of new biotechnology approaches. Wen Liu - 刘文 is a Commissioning Editor for Nature Product Reports (from 2014), and serves on the Editorial Boards of Cell Chemical Biology (from 2016) and Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology (from 2016).
Eric Meggers studied Chemistry at the University of Bonn (Germany) and received his Ph. D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Basel (Switzerland). After postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) he started his independent career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Since 2007, Eric Meggers is Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Marburg (Germany). He was holding a secondary appointment as Professor at the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Xiamen University (P. R. China) from 2012 to 2016. His research program revolves around exploiting metal-centered stereochemistry for applications in medicine, chemical biology, and catalysis. Currently his laboratory focuses on investigating chiral-only-at-metal transition metal complexes for asymmetric catalysis, especially including the activation by visible light.
Scott J. Miller was born on December 11, 1966 in Buffalo, NY. He received his B.A. (1989), M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Harvard University, where he worked with David Evans as a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow. Subsequently, he traveled to the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with Robert Grubbs until 1996. For the following decade, he was a member of the faculty at Boston College, until joining the faculty at Yale University in 2006. In 2008, he was appointed as the Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry. Professor Miller’s research program focuses on catalysis. His group employs strategies that include catalyst design, the development of techniques for catalyst screening, and the application of new catalysts to the preparation of biologically active agents. Three current interests are (a) the selective functionalization of complex molecules, (b) the exploration of analogies between synthetic catalysts and enzymes and (c) the discovery of effective antibiotics despite increasing resistance. Professor Miller has served in number of capacities for public and private organizations. For example, he recently completed a term on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council, convened by the Director of the National Institutes of Health. He now serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Organic Chemistry.
Dale Poulter is the John A. Widtsoe Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. He was raised in southern Louisiana and received his B.S degree in chemistry from Louisiana State University. He earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley as an NIH Predoctoral Fellow, working with Bill Dauben on the photochemistry of dienes. He then moved to UCLA as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow with Saul Winstein, working on direct observation of carbocations in superacid media by NMR spectroscopy before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry the University of Utah. Shortly afterward, he received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health that enabled him to shift the focus of his research program to the study of biosynthetic reactions. Professor Poulter’s research incorporates organic chemistry, enzymology, and molecular biology to study enzymes that catalyze reactions in the isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway. His laboratory has studied the enzymes that synthesize natural products and how they accomplish these transformations. Professor Poulter has received several awards, honors and lectureships, including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1975), the Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products (1991), the Cope Scholar Award (1998), the Rosenblatt Prize (1999), the Repligen Award in the Chemistry of Biological Processes (2002), the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (2004), and the Nakanishi Prize for the Study of Biological Phenomena (2011). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005) and the National Academy of Sciences (2009). He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry (1990-1995) and Organic Letters (1999-2001), as Senior Editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry (2000-2001) and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organic Chemistry (2001-2016).
Prof. Jennifer Prescher earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She later received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi on chemical methods to tag cell surface glycans with imaging probes. Following her doctoral studies, she conducted postdoctoral research with Prof. Christopher Contag at Stanford University. At Stanford, Dr. Prescherdeveloped new methods to visualize subsets of tumorigenic cells in mouse models of cancer. She joined the faculty at UC Irvine in 2010, where her laboratory focuses on the development of chemical tools and noninvasive imaging strategies to probe multi-cellular systems.
Amos B. Smith, III, born in Lewisburg, PA in 1944, received Bucknell University’s first combined B.S.-M.S. degree in chemistry (1966) under the direction of Professor Harold W. Heine. After a year in Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania, he entered Rockefeller University, completing his Ph.D. degree (1972) and a year as a Postdoctoral Associate with Professor William C. Agosta. In 1973 he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania where he is the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry, a Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and an Honorary Member of the Kitasato Institute, Tokyo, Japan. In addition, Professor Smith serves as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Organic Letters (1999-Present). From 1988-1996 he was Chair of the Department. His research interests, recorded in over 700 peer reviewed publications, include organic synthesis of architecturally complex natural products, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry and materials science. Professor Smith’s achievements have been recognized with the ACS Cope Scholar Award (1991), the ACS Ernest Guenther Award (1993), the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (1997), the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002), the Yamada Prize, Tokyo, Japan (2003), the first Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Ph.D. Students (2004), the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Government of Japan (2004), election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007), Inaugural Fellow, American Chemical Society (2009), an Honorary Ph.D. from Queens University, Belfast, Ireland (2009), an Honorary Professorship, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China (2012), the Paul Gassman Award, Organic Division, American Chemical Society (2014), The William H. Nichols Medal, New York Section of the American Chemical Society (2014), The Philadelphia Drug Discovery Institute Award, Doylestown, PA (2015), The Allan R. Day Award, The Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club and the Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (2015), and The Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2015).
Mikiko Sodeoka received her B.S. (1981), M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. degree (1989) from Chiba University (Pharmaceutical Sciences). After working at Sagami Chemical Research Center (1983-1986), she joined the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University as a research associate. After working as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, she moved to the University of Tokyo (1992). She became a group leader at Sagami Chemical Research Center in 1996 and an associate professor of the University of Tokyo in 1999. In 2000, she moved to Tohoku University as a full professor. Since 2006 she has been chief scientist of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory at RIKEN. In 2013 she was also appointed as a group director of Catalysis and Integrated Research Group at RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science. She has currently also appointed as a visiting professor of Saitama University and Tokyo Medical and Dental University. She is currently an Editorial Advisory Board member of many journals including J. Org. Chem., ACS Central Science, and CS Med. Chem. Lett. Her current research interest covers transition metal catalysis, fluorine chemistry, development of new chemical probe molecules and methodologies for chemical biology research.
Fraser Stoddart was born in the capital of Scotland on Victoria Day (May 24) in 1942. He attended Edinburgh University in 1960 and graduated with a BSc degree in 1964. As a postgraduate student, he cut his teeth on research investigating the nature of plant gums of the Acacia genus within the School of Carbohydrate Chemistry under Sir Edmund Hirst. In March 1967, Stoddart left the Edinburgh Chemistry Department with a PhD to begin a three-year National Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University with J. K. N. Jones. That same year, a communication appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describing the synthesis of dibenzo  crown-6 as a consequence of the templating action of potassium ions. Thus began Fraser’s fascination with chemistry beyond the molecule. Combined with an interest in templation, this early fascination led to the template-directed synthesis, based on molecular recognition and self-assembly processes, of a wide range of mechanically interlocked molecules (e.g., catenanes and rotaxanes). Variants of such molecules have found their way into molecular electronic devices, drug delivery systems, and molecular machines. Mechanically interlocked molecules – MIMs for short – are discussed at length in “The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines” (Wiley, November 2016) written with a prior graduate student, Carson Bruns. In 1970, Fraser began an Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Fellowship at Sheffield University and worked briefly with W. D. Ollis before being appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry. After a three-year sabbatical (1978–1981) at the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Runcorn, he returned to Sheffield and was promoted to a Readership in Chemistry. During his time at ICI, Stoddart developed interest in bipyridinium units (constituents of the ICI herbicides Diquat and Paraquat) as redox-addressable building blocks for incorporation into bistable catenanes and rotaxanes. In 1990, he took up the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Birmingham University where he was Head of the School of Chemistry (1993–97) before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles as the Saul Winstein Professor of Chemistry in 1997. In 2002, Fraser became the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and assumed the Fred Kavli Chair of NanoSystems Sciences. He joined the faculty at Northwestern University in 2008 as a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems. In 2007, Stoddart won the King Faisal International Prize in Science and was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor in her New Year’s Honours List for services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology. In 2010, he was also the recipient of a Royal Medal granted by Queen Elizabeth II and presented by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In 2016, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Ben Feringa, for design and synthesis of molecular machines.
He Tian is a Professor at East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai. He obtained his Ph.D. from ECUST in 1989 and was appointed Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor by the Education Ministry of China in 1999. His current research interests include the syntheses of novel functional organic dyes and supramolecular polymers as well as development of interdisciplinary materials science that determines the electronic and optical properties of materials. Prof. Tian has already published over 480 papers in international journals and applied 108 Chinese patents (over 24K total citations, H-index > 85 by Web of Science). He was selected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Science (2011) and a Fellow of TWAS–The World Academy of Sciences –for the advancement of science in developing countries (2013).
Prof. Yongqiang Tu was born in Guizhou Province. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Lanzhou University in 1982 and 1985, respectively. In 1989, he obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Lanzhou University under the supervision of Prof. Yao-Zu Chen. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. William Kitching at University of Queensland, Australia (1993-1995), and as a visiting professor at Bielefeld University, Germany (2004-2005). Since 1995, he has been a full professor at Lanzhou University. He was appointed as the vice-Director of Department of Chemistry of Lanzhou University (1996-1998), and the Director of State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry (2001-2010). He was awarded as Yangtze River Scholar Professor by the Ministry of Education in 2005 and elected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. Currently, he is the Associate Editor of ChemComm and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Lizhu Wu received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1990, and got her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Chen-Ho Tung in 1995. From 1995−1998, she worked at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry as an associate professor. After a postdoctoral stay (1997−1998) at the University of Hong Kong working with Professor Chi-Ming Che, she returned to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a full professor. Her research interests are currently focused on photochemical conversion, including artificial photosynthesis, visible light catalysis for organic transformation, and photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer and chemical reactions in supramolecular systems.
Zhenfeng Xi received his B.Sc. degree from Xiamen University in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree at the Institute for Molecular Sciences, Japan, under the supervision of Professor Tamotsu Takahashi in 1996. He took an Assistant Professor position at Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1997. In 1998, he joined the College of Chemistry at Peking University, where he is now a Professor. He received several awards including Outstanding Young Investigator Award from Hong Kong Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation in 2000, Yaozeng Huang Organometallic Chemistry Award in 2004, and the CCS-AkzoNobel Chemical Sciences Award in 2014. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an academician in 2015. Prof. Xi served or is serving for several international journals as editors or advisory board members, including Associate Editor of Organic Letters (ACS), Applied Organometallic Chemistry (Wiley), Member of the advisory board or the Consulting Board of Accounts of Chemical Research, Synlett/Synthesis, Tetrahedron/Tetrahedron Letters, Chem. Lett., Asian J. Org. Chem., Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. He also serves for several Chinese journals as editors or advisory board members, including Associate Editor of Chinese Science Bulletin, and Chemistry.
Professor Zuowei Xie obtained a BSc degree from Hangzhou University in 1983 and a MS degree from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. After earning a PhD from a joint Ph.D. program of Technische Universität Berlin and Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1990, he moved to the University of Southern California as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He then joined the Department of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995 as an Assistant Professor, and is currently a Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science. Professor Xie has co-authored over 260 publications in peer-reviewed journals and received an array of honors and awards, including the State Natural Science Award in 2008, the Chinese Chemical Society Huang Yao-Zeng Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 2010, the Croucher Award (from The Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong) in 2003 and a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. He also served on the editorial board of Organometallics, Dalton Transactions, Frontier in Inorganic Chemistry, and Science China (Chemistry).
Zhen Yang studied medicinal chemistry at Shenyang College of Pharmacy and earned a Ph.D. at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1992 under the guidance of H. N. C. Wong. He carried out postdoctoral research on natural product synthesis with K. C. Nicolaou at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, USA and joined its faculty in 1995. In 1998, he moved to the Institute of Chemistry and Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School as an institute fellow before returning to China as a professor at Peking University in 2001. Since 2008, he has served as the founding Dean of the School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology of Peking University of Shenzhen Graduate School. Prof. Yang is internationally recognized for his work in organic synthesis, natural product total synthesis and synthetic methodology development.
Qilin Zhou graduated from Chemistry Department, Lanzhou University in 1982 and received PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (under the supervision of Prof. Yao-Zeng Huang) in 1987. After several years of postdoctoral research in Europe (with Prof. Klaus Müllen and Prof. Andreas Pfaltz) and USA (with prof. Michael Doyle), he joined the Institute of Fine Chemicals, East China University of Science and Technology in 1996. In 1999, he moved to College of Chemistry, Nankai University as a Cheung Kong Scholar. In 2009, he was elected academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is vice president of the Chinese Chemical Society. His research interests include asymmetric catalysis, development of new synthetic methodology, and synthesis of biologically active compounds. He has published more than 200 papers in chemistry journals. He received a number of academic awards including the Prize for Creation in Organic Synthesis (Chinese Chemical Society), Yao-Zeng Huang Prize of Organometallics (Chinese Chemical Society), Novatis Lecturer at the Scripps Research Institute, Boehringer-Ingelheim Lecturer at California Institute of Technology, and the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Acta Chimica Sinica, and the editorial and advisory board members of 15 international journals including Acc. Chem. Res., Angew. Chem., Chem. Sci. and J. Org. Chem.