so we have another university of texas chemist. oh, phil, you're slowly being replaced in my heart with sexy chemists as this guy is a new professor and i got at least seven nominations. i have to say, omnomnomnom. yummy!
he's a natural products chemist and is a harvard alum. sexy in mind and in body. from what i hear, the girl grad students at UT are goo-goo gaa-gaa over prof. mcdreamy,and well, i would be too.
here's his research description, fortunately it's short
Reaction Development, Natural Product Synthesis, and Medicinal Chemistry
Natural products are the cornerstone of our group. Within the broad study of natural products chemistry there are three primary areas of inquiry; total synthesis, reaction development, and molecular pharmacology. Typical targets selected for total synthesis possess structures that, from a synthetic chemistry point of view, have atom connectively challenges. In addressing these challenges within specific targets, inspiration may be gained for new synthetic methods. Our goal is to develop new methods to compliment and improve upon existing reactions. Accordingly, emphasis is placed on the development of reactions that are generally applicable to synthesis, as it is most broadly defined. The second area of focus and inquiry in our group is the study of natural products that are biologically relevant in selected fields of biology and medicine. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we will study optimization of the biological performance and/or investigation into the mechanism action of the natural products prepared in our laboratory. Information gained through these collaborations will determine the future direction of the projects undertaken.
that's nice and good for him, but here's a few more pictures. yummy. just wow. hotness. i wish i were a natural products chemist.
prof. siegel is in back row to the right.. mmmmm.
so, of course, he's a habanero. delicious, hot and spicy. rawr!