Dr. Genessa Smith

Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry

Office: Johnson EPS 324

Phone: 731-881-7460

Email: gsmith65@utm.edu



B.S. – Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO – Advisor Cindy C. Browder

Ph.D. – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO – Advisor John L. Wood


Industrial Experience:

Research Associate – Absolute Science, Lexington, MA

Research Associate – Cetek Corporation, Marlborough, MA

Research Associate – Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA


Courses Taught:

Chem 112 – Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

Chem 121-122 – General Chemistry

Chem 341 & 341L – Organic Chemistry

GENS 101 – Freshman Studies




Lauroside B (1) is a naturally occurring molecule that was first extracted from Sweet Bay Laurel in 2004. In 2011, researchers demonstrated that 1 has potent biological activity against malignant skin cancer cells, making it an attractive target for laboratory synthesis. Research in the Smith Group is focused on a synthetic route to access 1 via the intermediate synthesis of another natural product, Vomifoliol (2).




An Enantioselective Total Synthesis and Stereochemical Revision of (+)-Citrinadin B. Kong, K; Enquist, J.; McCallum, M.; Smith, G.; Matsumaru, T.; Menhaji-Klotz, E.; Wood, J. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (30), pp 10890–10893.


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When do labs start?

ASTR 201 and All Physics labs start the first week of classes.

All Chemistry labs except CHEM 341L start the first week of classes.

All PLTL Classes for CHEM 121 start the first week of classes, starting 8/24/15.