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James L. Leighton

Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
3000 Broadway MC 3117
New York, NY 10027

Telephone: (212) 854-4262
Fax: (212) 932-1289


Born: February 12, 1964, New Haven, CT

Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
3000 Broadway, Mail Code 3117
New York, NY 10027

Work: (212) 854-4262
Fax: (212) 932-1289


Education: 1994: Ph. D., Chemistry, Harvard University; Professor David A. Evans, advisor.
1987: B.S. cum laude, Chemistry, Yale University; Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky, advisor.
Professional Experience: 2004-present: Professor, Columbia University
1999-2004: Associate Professor, Columbia University
1996-1999: Assistant Professor, Columbia University
1994-1996: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University; Professor Eric N. Jacobsen, advisor.
1989-1994: Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard University; Professor David A. Evans, advisor.
1987-1989: Chemist, Merck Sharpe & Dohme Research Laboratories, West Point, PA; Dr. Ben Evans, supervisor.
1986-1987: Undergraduate Research, Yale University; Professor Samuel Danishefsky, advisor.
Honors and Awards:
2009: Mark van Doren Teaching Award, Columbia University (Student Selected)
2003: Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
2002: Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry
2000: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
2000: Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
1999: Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award, School of General Studies, Columbia University
1999: Glaxo Wellcome Chemistry Scholar Award
1999: AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award
1999: Eli Lilly Grantee Award
1999: Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation
1999: Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
1994: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
1992: ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship
1991: Squibb Predoctoral Fellowship
1983: Warner-Lambert National Merit Scholarship
Research Interests: Organic synthesis including the design, implementation and mechanistic elucidation of stereoselective catalytic reactions and the total synthesis of biologically active and structurally interesting natural products.

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