Dr. Genessa Smith

Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry

Office: Johnson EPS 324

Phone: 731-881-7460

Email: gsmith65@utm.edu

 

Education:

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

 

Research:

research

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).

 

Publications:

Publication

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?

CHEM 359 meets Jan. 11

All PHYS Labs starts Jan. 16

All OTHER CHEM Labs starts Jan. 16

ASTR 202 Labs starts Jan. 22

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