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Organic Chemistry Ph.D. Program

About the Organic Chemistry Program

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The Organic Chemistry Graduate Program is designed to prepare students to address emerging research opportunities at the crossroads of modern chemistry, biological chemistry, and materials science as it relates to problems of biomedical importance.

Students participate in dynamic research led by faculty that are world leaders in the field of chemistry and experience the satisfaction of making original contributions to the advancement of chemistry and related disciplines. Students in the program benefit from working collaboratively across disciplines to solve complex health challenges, a hallmark of an education at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Top-Notch Facilities and Advanced Research

UT Southwestern has world-class facilities for modern chemistry, including four high-field NMR systems devoted to small molecules.

Research projects focus on topics at the forefronts of synthetic and mechanistic chemistry, chemical biology, and discovery biology.

Areas of research include:

  • Asymmetric catalysis
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Organometallics
  • Synthesis of natural products
  • Synthetic methodology
  • Chemical biology

Check out recent publications by our students.

Jake Aquilina

“At UT Southwestern, I found a unique organic chemistry program with exceptional professors, passionate about organic synthesis, chemical reactivity, reaction development as well as medicinal chemistry. ”

Jake Aquilina

Lauren Edwards

“The professors here are not only absolutely brilliant, but they ensure the students receive individualized attention. They hold us to high standards, as they want us to learn as much as possible, but it is also evident that they care about us personally, and want us to succeed.”

Lauren Edwards

Jet Tsien

“Outstanding faculty, more focused research without TA work, collaboration with biochemists and medicinal chemists and a high stipend are all key factors that are attractive to prospective students.”

Jet Tsien

 
 

Meet the Director

Uttam Tambar, Ph.D.

Professor
Graduate School: California Institute of Technology, 2006
Postdoctoral Training: Columbia University
uttam.tambar@utsouthwestern.edu

“Our objective is to produce students who are independent scientists, capable of tackling the most important problems in chemistry and biology.” – Read Dr. Tambar’s full message.

Uttam Tambar, Ph.D.

Contact the Graduate School

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

lisa.gardner@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0718

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

stuart.ravnik@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0733

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

arnaldo.diazvazquez@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-2527

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Deborah Evalds

Administrative Coordinator

dbsinfo@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0007

Deborah Evalds