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

December 2013 - Huro Araujo successfully defends his Masters thesis entitled ‘Total Synthesis of Veranamine’.  Congratulations Hugo!  We wish you all the best with the next phase of your studies.

December 2013 - Two undergraduate group members, Joseph Schmalz and Hailey Knox are awarded, prestigious Brian and Gayle Hill Fellowships. Congratulations Joey and Hailey!

September 2013 - Our recent paper is highlighted in Synfacts!

August 2013 - The group welcomes three new undergraduate students: Kyle Clark, Joseph Schmalz, and Hailey Knox!

July 2013 - We are happy to announce that our group has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemical Synthesis, to support our continued efforts to develop efficient synthetic methods using heterogeneous tools!

July 2013 - The work of Megha Karki and Hugo Araujo on dehydroaromatizations with vanadium pentoxide is published in Synlett!

June 2013 - Four students (Megha, Hugo, Jones, and Conner) attend the ACS National Organic Symposium in Seattle (see photos).  They return to the lab inspired and ready to do great science.

May 2013 - Undergraduate group member Leslie Nickerson receives an NIH INBRE summer research fellowship.  Steve Holmbo accepts a summer internship position from Gilead Pharmaceuticals.  Steve will spend the summer as medicinal chemist in Foster City, CA.

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


Our research includes:


Primarily, we discover and develop new methods of chemical synthesis that improve access to valuable heterocyclic compounds.


Synthesis of heterocycles is an important component of drug-discovery.  We are interested in conducting structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of heterocyclic compounds of medical interest in a range of therapeutic areas.  One area of emphasis in our lab is anti-pancreatic cancer drug discovery and development.


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 now available.




Dr. Jakob Magolan

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho


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