37th Garland Lecture features science, art of organic synthesis

Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, room 132 - 02/15/17 - 02/24/17

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Dr. K.C. Nicolaou

The chemistry department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host their 37th Annual Garland Lecture in Chemistry at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in room 132 of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy.

This year’s speaker is Dr. K.C. Nicolaou, Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry in the BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University. He will speak on The Art and Science of Organic Synthesis and Its Impact on Science and Society. 

In this lecture, a brief historical overview of organic synthesis and its impact on science and society will be followed by highlights of recent advances in total synthesis from the speaker’s laboratories. The lecture also will touch upon the impact of total synthesis on the advent of antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) for targeted cancer therapies. 

About Dr. K.C. Nicolaou

K.C. Nicolaou was born in Cyprus where he grew up and went to school until he was 18. In 1964, he went to England where he spent two years learning English and preparing to enter the university. He studied chemistry at the University of London earning his bachelors of science degree from Bedford College and his doctorate from University College. In 1972, he moved to the United States and served postdoctoral appointments at Columbia University and Harvard University. He then joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he rose through the ranks to become the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry. 

In 1989, he accepted joint appointments at the University of California, San Diego, where he was Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and The Scripps Research Institute where he was the Darlene Shiley Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. 

In 1996, he was appointed Aline W. and L.S. Skaggs Professor of Chemical Biology in The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute. In May 2013, Nicolaou joined Rice University as the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry in the BioScience Research Collaborative. 

Nicolaou's research interests include the chemistry, biology and medicine of natural and designed molecules. He is the author or co-author of more than 760 publications, 73 patents and 5 books and had won numerous awards.