Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University.
February 12, 1964 in New Haven, Connecticut
Jim received his Ph. D. in 1994 from Harvard University, where he studied under Professor David A. Evans. He graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1987 with a B.S. in chemistry, studying under Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky.
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.
Jim did undergraduate research at Yale University with Professor Samuel Danishefsky. After graduating cum laude in 1987, he went to work as a chemist at Merck Sharpe & Dohme Research Laboratories in West Point, PA with supervisor Dr. Ben Evans. He continued his studies at Harvard University under the advisement of Professor David A. Evans, graduating in 1994. Jim continued at Harvard as an NSF Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Eric N. Jacobsen until joining the faculty at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1996. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and has been a full professor since 2004.
|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|
|2002||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|
|1991||Warner-Lambert National Merit Scholarship|