2017 | XVII International Conference on Heterocycles in Bioorganic Chemistry | May 28 to May 31
PLENARY SPEAKERS

PL1: Pedlar Award Lecture, Sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry

Helma Wennemers: Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysts, Functionalizable Collagen, and Molecular Scaffolds for Applications in Supramolecular and Biological chemistry, and Metal Nanoparticles.
Helma Wennemers studied chemistry at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt before moving to Columbia University, New York where she received her PhD degree for studies with W. Clark Still in 1996. Following postdoctoral studies at Nagoya University with Hisashi Yamamoto (1997–1998), she joined the faculty of Basel University as the Bachem-endowed Assistant Professor in 1999. She was promoted to Associate Professor (2004) at the University of Basel before moving to ETH Zurich in the fall of 2011, where she is Professor of Organic Chemistry. Helma received several recognitions for her research, including the Pedler Award (2016), JSPS Distinguished Lectureship (2016), Leonidas Zervas Award (2010), David Ginsburg Lectureship (2010), and Holger Erdtman Lectureship (2010).


PL2: Chris Stevens: Enabling Technologies, Sustainable Organic Chemistry, Microreactors for Scale-Up
Prof Dr ir Christian V. Stevens (born 1965) is currently Full Professor at the Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University, Belgium). He graduate as Bio-engineer in chemistry and bioprocess technology in 1988 and obtained a PhD in 1992 working with Prof Norbert De Kimpe as fellow of the National Fund for Scientific Research (FWO). After his PhD, he did postdoctoral work at the University of Florida, USA under the direction of Prof Alan Katritzky as a NATO Research Fellow (1992-1993). In 1994, he performed a short postdoctoral stay at the University of Alicante (Spain) under the direction of Prof Miguel Yus and became research leader of the FWO-Flanders in 1995. In 2000, he became Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and initiated the research group SynBioC (Synthesis, Bioresources and Bio-organic chemistry) and was promoted to Full Professor in 2008. Prof C.V. Stevens published over 230 international peer reviewed scientific papers and reviews and presented his scientific work at more than 80 international conferences. He holds several patents on the synthesis and applications of renewable resources. He is currently director of the Center Green Chemistry Ghent of Ghent University. He recently received the First Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the Competition for Enabling Technologies (2015).

PL3: Mercedes Álvarez: Natural Products, Heterocyclic Chemistry, Combinatorial Chemistry and Solid Phase Methodology, and Synthesis of Small Molecule Therapeutics.
Mercedes Álvarez is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Department of Pharmacology Toxicology and Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, Spain. She obtained a degree and the PhD in Chemistry in the University of Barcelona. In 1990 she spent a sabbatical year in Manchester University working with Prof John A. Joule.  After that period started a long collaboration between Manchester and Barcelona Universities for developing new procedures for the synthesis of Marine Natural Products with Polyheterocyclic Structure and Biological Activities. In 2002 she moved her research group to the Science Park of Barcelona and since then she collaborates with Prof. Fernando Albericio. She has got long term collaborations with pharmaceutical industries like PharmaMar S.A., Biomar, Medichem, and Menarini.

PL4: Anita Maguire: Asymmetric Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry and Crystal Engineering.
Prof Anita Maguire undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at University College Cork (UCC) (B.Sc. 1985, Ph.D. 1989). Following postdoctoral research first at Namur, Belgium then at the University of Exeter, UK, she returned to Chemistry in UCC in 1991, initially as a College Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry in 2002, and in 2004 became the first Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She is Director of the interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, and is currently lead PI from UCC in the SFI Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, led through University of Limerick (www.sspc.ie ). At UCC, Anita is the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and since 2014 is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

PL5: ISHC Lecture, Sponsored by International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry

Henk Hiemstra: Asymmetric Synthesis of Biologically Active Molecules, Cyclic Peptides, and Metal and Organocatalysis
Henk Hiemstra (1952) received his chemistry education at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and obtained his PhD at this University in 1980 in the group of Prof. Hans Wynberg on asymmetric synthesis using Cinchona alkaloids as catalysts (nowadays called organocatalysis). In the period 1980-1982 he was postdoc in the group of Prof. Barry Trost at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, conducting research toward the total synthesis of taxol. In 1982 he began his academic career at the University of Amsterdam where he rose through the ranks to become full professor in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1997. His research interests are broad ranging from synthetic methodology to natural product synthesis. He has more than 225 peer reviewed research publications

PL6: Till Opatz: Synthesis and Structure Elucidation of Bioactive Natural Products
Prof Opatz (born 1973) studied chemistry at the University of Frankfurt/M. and finished his diploma (with Johann Mulzer) in 1997. In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. with Horst Kunz / Mainz. After a postdoc with Rob Liskamp in Utrecht/NL, he started his independent research in Mainz in 2002 which led to his “habilitation” in 2006. In 2007, he became Associate Professor in Hamburg and then Full Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, in 2010.

INVITED SPEAKERS

IL1: John Bower: Asymmetric Catalysis (Atom Economy & Selectivity), Heterocyclic Chemistry and Natural Products
Dr John Bower obtained his MSci degree in Chemistry in 2003 from the University of Bristol. He then remained at Bristol to study for his PhD degree (2007) under the guidance of Prof Timothy Gallagher. During this time his research focused on the development of cyclic sulfamidate based N-heterocyclic methodologies and their application to natural product synthesis. John’s first postdoctoral appointment (2007-2008) was with Prof Michael Krische at the University of Texas at Austin where he investigated transfer hydrogenative strategies for carbonyl addition. He then undertook a second postdoctoral appointment with Prof Timothy Donohoe at the University of Oxford where he focussed on the use of olefin cross metathesis for heteroaryl synthesis. In 2010, John was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and commenced his independent career at the University of Bristol. John has been the recipient of a number awards and fellowships, including the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize (2013), an ERC Starter Grant (2015), and the RSC Hickinbottom Award (2015).

IL2: Paul Evans: Synthesis of N-Heterocycles and Sulfonyl Chemistry
Dr Paul Evans (born 1971 in London) received his BSc in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia in1994 and his DPhil with Prof Richard Taylor in 1998 from the University of York working on the Ramberg-Bäcklund reaction.  Between 1998 and 2001 he undertook postdoctoral work, firstly with Prof Ron Grigg in the University of Leeds and subsequently with Prof Jim Thomas in the University of Manchester.  He was subsequently a contract lecturer at the University of Liverpool working under the mentorship of Prof Stan Roberts (2001-2003), whereupon he was appointed a lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin.  In 2006 he moved to University College Dublin as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and latterly as a Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. 

IL3: Franca M. Cordero: Chemistry of Nitrones, Cyclopropanes, Azaheterocyclic Compounds, iminosugars and Peptidomimetics
Franca M. Cordero is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Universitŕ di Firenze (Italy). She received her Laurea cum laude (1988) and her Ph.D. Degree (1992) from Universitŕ di Firenze (supervisors: Prof F. De Sarlo and Prof A. Brandi). During her thesis she spent one year at Stanford University (California, U.S.A.) to carry out part of PhD work under the direction of Prof B. M. Trost. In 1994 she became Researcher at the Universitŕ di Firenze. She was visiting researcher at the Universitè de Paris-Sud (France) in the group of Prof J. Salaün (1997). She was appointed Associate Professor in 2005.

IL4: Péter Kele: Red/NIR Emitting Fluorescent and Fluorogenic labels and Biorthogonal Reagents
Dr Péter Kele is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for Natural Sciences (IOC, HAS-RCNS). He graduated from the Eötvös University of Budapest, Hungary in 1998, and obtained his PhD degree in chemistry at the University of Miami (Florida, USA) in 2002 (with Prof Roger M. Leblanc). Following postdoctoral research at the Eötvös University of Budapest, Hungary (Prof András Kotschy) and as a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Regensburg, Germany (Prof Otto S. Wolfbeis), he started his independent research career at Eötvös University, Budapest in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the HAS-RCNS, where he established the Chemical Biology Research Group.

IL5: Anne Fiksdahl: Gold(I) Catalysis, Tandem Cycloadditions.
Anne Fiksdahl received her PhD in organic chemistry in 1983 at Norwegian Institute of Technology, NTH (presently NTNU). After PhD, she spent 8 years as a researcher and research manager at the fine chemicals company Chiron Laboratories in Trondheim, Norway, developing organic biomarkers for the oil industry as well as chiral building blocks for the international pharmaceutical industry. She became Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, NTNU, Norway, in 1992. She spent one year as a guest professor at University of Queensland, Australia in 2000. Since 2001 Anne Fiksdahl has been Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at NTNU.

IL6: Panayiotis Koutentis: Unusual S,N-Heterocyclic Compounds, Organic Magnets based on Radical Polyazaheterocyclic Systems and Biologically Active Rare Heterocycles.
Panayiotis Andreas Koutentis (CSci, CChem, FRSC) is Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, Nicosia. He was born in Bristol (1969) in the UK and obtained his bachelor (1992) and doctorate (1997) degrees at Imperial College London working under the supervision of the late Prof Charles W. Rees (FRS, CBE). This was followed by a short stay with Prof Roger Alder, University of Bristol (1997), and then postdoctoral work with Prof Fred Wudl (1997-8), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and with Prof Robert Haddon (1999) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. In 1999, Prof Koutentis was appointed Lecturer at the University of Cyprus and in 2009 achieved tenure. He has authored 4 book chapters on Thiazoles, 1,2,5-Thiadiazoles and 1,3,4-Thiadiazoles for both Houben Weyl’s “Science of Synthesis” and Elsevier’s “Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry III” and has published over 110 journal articles and given over 20 Invited Lectures at international conferences on heterocyclic chemistry. Currently, Prof Koutentis is Scientific Editor and National Representative for the journal ARKIVOC, and an Editor for Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry.