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Current Team

We are a fully high-school research group, made up of freshmen through senior students across the Bay Area who work on the application of synthetic organic chemistry.

About Dr. Njoo

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E-mail: edward [dot] njoo [at] asdrp [dot] org


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Stanford University

Thesis: "Function oriented synthesis of PKC modulators : tigilanol tiglate, bryostatin 1, and analogs; and function oriented synthesis of bio-orthogonal ruthenium catalyst linkers and cyclopropanated charge-altering releasable transporters"

M.A. Science & Religion, Biola University

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

Thesis: "“Identification of Novel IAPP Amyloid Inhibitors from a Targeted Synthetic Compound

Principal Scientist: Edward Njoo, PhD

Dr. Edward Njoo is a native of the Bay Area, and is convinced that chemistry is central to everything. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University, his Master's degree from Biola University, and his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Njoo's dissertation was in the function-oriented synthesis of the natural products tigilanol tiglate (now FDA approved Stelfonta™) and Bryostatin 1, and their simplified analogs; bio-orthoginal ruthenium catalysis; and cyclopropanated cationic lipid oligomers for metabolically durable mRNA delivery systems. 

Our lab's research interests span organic chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology in the broadest of definitions. He appreciates the application of physical chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, and computer modeling to solve contemporary challenges in catalysis, biomedicine, and total synthesis of bioactive natural products.

EN is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Current research areas in the group include the interface of chemical synthesis and chemical biology, physical organic chemistry and reaction development, C-H fluorination chemistry, and synthesis of bioactive and structurally complex natural products.

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