Seth Herzon

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Professor of Chemistry
225 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-8499
203 436 8571

Member of Yale faculty since 2008

Research Research in the Herzon group encompasses the disciplines of natural products synthesis and synthetic methods development. In the former area, we are working to develop efficient, flexible syntheses of complex natural products. Our synthetic routes will present challenges to the capabilities of the field and, in the search for solutions, force an extension of its current boundaries. A prudent, thoughtful approach to target selection is undertaken so that the success of these investigations may potentially serve a broader cause as well. For example, our efforts may provide synthetic material for the study and treatment of human diseases, or alternatively, facilitate investigation of the structure and function of otherwise inaccessible molecules. Thus, the syntheses we develop may be incorporated into larger interdisciplinary programs, however a passion for complex molecule synthesis is what drives us and this forms the core of our program.

In the area of synthetic methods, we seek to identify and reduce to practice essential transformations that are currently not feasible, or only of limited scope. In searching for solutions to these problems we will make use of any tools available to us. Thus, our investigations might lead us to explore the chemistry of novel organic and inorganic reagents, and organometallic complexes, and will be complemented by mechanistic studies, where appropriate. The primary goal of these investigations is the development of practical synthetic methods of broad utility.


B.S. Temple University, 2002
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, 2006-2008


Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2001-2002
The F. Albert Cotton and Al Tulinsky Prize, 2002
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003
Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2003
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006
Lilly New Faculty Award, 2008
Searle Scholar Award, 2010
American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, 2010
Synthesis/Synlett Journal Award, 2011
Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 2011
NSF CAREER Award, 2012
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2012
Cottrell Scholar Award of the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, 2012
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2012
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Creative Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award, 2012
Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2013
Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2013
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2014
Natural Products Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship, 2015

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Research Interests

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CRB 210