Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry; The Rockefeller University
My research at Monell focuses on the chemistry, particularly structure-activity relationships, of mammalian pheromones and other compounds involved in chemical communication; it encompasses three diverse areas: natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry and materials science. I have continued my interest in bioorganic chemistry with collaborative programs in the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery (PCMD). At Monell, in collaboration with Peter Jurs (Penn State), I pioneered the use of computerized pattern recognition techniques for the analysis of primate chemical communication. Collaborative programs at the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) have included the chemistry and physics of novel liquid crystals and the fullerenes.