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August 2016:  The Magolan and Waynant  research groups are having an exciting summer of research that includes breaks from lab work to enjoy regular shared group meetings!   We appreciate the opportunity to learn from Dr. Waynant and his students. Here is a picture of the the whole summer team:

May 2016: We are happy to welcome five new student researchers to the lab!  Jessica Knight begins her PhD studies after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Lewis-Clark State College.  Dylan Renn, Jiahong Li, and James Peterson are summer research fellows supported by the NIH INBRE program.  Kael Stelck is an incoming undergraduate freshman from the University of Idaho!  Welcome to the lab and best of luck to all!

April 2016:  We congratulate undergraduate group member Alyssa Ertel who is the University Idaho’s sole recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship this year!

April 2016:  Five group members recently presented posters and/or research talks on our campus at the University of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Graduate Studies Innovation Showcase.   Well done all!

March 2016:  Our first synthetic application of the ‘Alumina rehydration’ strategy is now published in Tetrahedron.  The article, titled “Cerium-Free Luche Reduction Directed by Rehydrated Alumina,” will appear in the June 2016 special issue of Tetrahedron dedicated to Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award winner Prof. Neil Garg of UCLA. Congratulations Dr. Garg!   And congrats as well to the four first-time co-authors of our manuscript: Leslie Nickerson, Jackson Deobald, Alyssa Ertel, and Hailey Knox!  

March 2016:  Our review article on the versatile synthetic applications of DMSO is now published in Synthesis!

January 2016: Two former undergraduate researchers, Conner Farley (now at Purdue) and Eric Hall, are authors of our new paper in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. which is a product of our collaboration with Prof. Suresh Awale and colleagues at the University of Toyama in Japan.  The paper describes our synthesis and evaluation of structural analogs of plant-derived anti-austerity compounds that are potential anti-pancreatic cancer drug leads.

December 2015: Congratulations to undergraduate group members Jeffrey Scott and Jackson Deobald who are recipients of grants from UI’s Office of Undergraduate Research.  Jeff and Jackson wrote great proposals and earned awards of $1,000 each to support their research!

November 2015: Our former undergraduate group member Nicholas Weires (now at UCLA) is the lead author of an exceptional research paper that appeared this month in Nature Chemistry.  Together with his colleague Emma Baker and mentor Prof. Neil Garg, Nick has demonstrated a powerful new nickel-catalyzed Suzuki coupling of amides!  Their methodology was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News and was recognized as Top Research of 2015 by C&E News.  Nicely done Nick! Our department is proud of your achievement!

November 2015: Alyssa Ertel and Jackson Deobald presented posters at our College of Science Student Research Exposition.  Congratulations to Alyssa who received an award for best undergraduate poster!

October 2015:  Three group members attended attended the 2015 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Idaho undergraduate Jackson Deobald and Lewis-Clark State College summer interns Jessica Knight, and Alexis Peters present their summer research posters.

August 2015 - Three new undergraduate researchers join our group this semester: Jeffery Scott, Alyssa Ertel, and Weston Durland.  We welcome Jeff, Alyssa, and Weston to the team and wish them an exciting and memorable first semester of research.

August 2015 - Megha Karki receives her Ph.D .degree!  Megha successfully defended her thesis entitled “Development of Oxidation Reactions Based on Vanadium Pentoxide, Dimethylsulfoxide, and Unique Synthetic Iron-Rich Clays”.    After five years of great work in our lab, Megha now takes a a position at the Scripps Research Institute in the research program of Prof. Krishnamurthy where she will investigate the mysterious origins of life. Congratulations and good luck Megha!

July 2015 - Four undergraduate students joined our research program as NIH-funded Research Fellows supported by the Idaho INBRE program.  We thank the INBRE program for supporting these fine students this summer as well as many other research in the past few years.   University of Idaho undergraduates Sarah Lusk and Jackson Deobald, and LCSC undergraduates Alexis Peters and Jessica Knight had productive summers in our lab and presented their work at the INBRE poster day.  Congratulations to Sarah Lusk who won an award for her research poster!   We are looking forward to the Western Regional IDeA Conference coming up in Coeur d’Alene in October.

May 2015 -  Four of our undergrad researchers complete their degrees at U of I and all four are bound for graduate school chemistry programs in the fall:  

Conner Farley  - Purdue University
Hailey Knox - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Kyle Clark - UC Santa Barbara
Joseph Schmalz - UCLA

Congratulations Conner, Hailey, Kyle, and Joe!

March 2015 - Megha Karki’s manuscript entitled “Bromination of Olefins with HBr and DMSO” is now published in J. Org. Chem.  Congratulations Megha!

January 2015 - We welcome incoming graduate student Abdulakeem Osumah who joins our group to begin his Ph.D. studies.  Abdulakeem comes to us from Nigeria where he obtained his B.Sc. at the University of Ibadan.

September 2014 -  The group welcomes three new undergraduate students who begin their research careers in our laboratory this semester: Jacob Dalton, Sarah Lusk, and Jackson Deobald!

August 2014 - Graduate student Xiong Zhang begins his Ph.D. in our group.  Xiong has already  earned four years of generous support for his doctoral studies from the China Scholarship Council!

July 2014 - Ebenezer Jones-Mensah's manuscript entitled "Aryl methyl sulfides via SNAr using DMSO as the source of the thiomethyl moiety." is publised Tetrahedron Letters.

May 2014 - Undergraduate reserachers Stephen Holmbo and Leslie Nickerson complete their studies at U of I.  In the fall Leslie and Stephen join the graduate programs at the University of California, Davis and University of California, Irvine.  Thank you Leslie and Steve for your efforts in the lab.  Best of luck to you both in sunny California!

April 2014 - Kyle Clark is awarded a summer INBRE fellowship.  He will be joined in the lab this summer two visiting INBRE fellows: Jeff Crawford (from Brigham Young University Idaho) and Jacob Wimpenny (from Lewis-Clark State College).  Congratulations Kyle, and welcome Jeff and Jacob!  We sincerely thank the Idaho INBRE program for their continued support of our biomedical-focused undergraduate synthetic research projects.

April 2014 - Ebenezer Jones-Mensah attends is the 40th annual National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference in Nashville where he is awarded first prize in the Technical Research Exhibition for his poster and talk entitled "A New Strategy for the Syntheses of Aryl Methyl sulfides"  Congratulations Jones!

January 2014 - The group welcomes new graduate student Ram Gautam and undergraduate intern William Gibbs from Brigham Young University Idaho.

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Dr. Magolan's organic chemistry research program is part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho located in Moscow, Idaho.

Our research includes:

We encourage you to explore these pages and contact Dr. Magolan should you have any questions.  Enquiries regarding cross-disciplinary collaborative opportunities are always welcome.

Graduate student positions are available.


We are grateful for generous research support from the following sources:

National Science Foundation,
Division of Chemical Synthesis
(Grant #1301506)

Idaho INBRE program
Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, NIH Grants P20 RR016454 & P20 GM103408

Brian and Gayle Hill Undergraduate Fellowships

U of I Office of Undergraduate Research


Dr. Jakob Magolan

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

University of  Idaho

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