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  • Professor Sarah Reisman
    10/27/17 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Coffee & Conversation: Professor Sarah E. Reisman

All are invited! 

College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Scientists and Engineers from Underrepresented Groups Speakers Program

Hosted by the Department of Chemistry Women in Science & Engineering group.

Professor Reisman

Professor Reisman was born and raised in Bar Harbor, Maine. She attended Connecticut College in New London, CT, where she worked in the laboratory of Professor Timo Ovaska, and graduated with honors in 2001. In the fall of that year, sheenrolled in graduate studies at Yale University and joined the research group of Professor John Wood. She earned her doctorate in chemistry in 2006; her thesis detailed the total synthesis of the natural product welwitindolinone A isonitrile. For her post-doctoral work, Reisman pursued studies in the field of asymmetric catalysis as an National Institutes of Health fellow, working with Professor Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University. She joined the faculty at the California Institute of Technology in 2008.


The overarching goal of Professor Reisman's research program is to discover, develop, and study new chemical reactions within the context of natural product total synthesis. Her total synthesis efforts focus on structurally complex, stereochemically-rich targets that require innovative synthetic solutions, and that provide opportunities to engage in biological collaborations. Her reaction development efforts seek to address gaps in the existing technology as revealed by a complex target. These efforts have resulted in new methods for the preparation of pyrroloindolines and unnatural tryptophan derivatives, the development of arene cyclopropanation reactions and, most recently, the discovery of new Ni-catalyzed asymmetric reductive cross-coupling reactions. Within Reisman's methods development program, the discovery of new nickel-catalyzed asymmetric reductive cross-coupling reactions is of particular interest.

  • Event Details

    Location: 193 Kolthoff Hall
    Host: Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
    • Professor Sarah E. Reisman
    • Sarah Reisman
    • Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
    • California Institute of Technology