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?

Spring Semester 2020:

CHEM 112L, CHEM 359, and CHEM 422L start on January 9th (1st day of classes).
ASTR 202L, CHEM 111L, CHEM 121L, CHEM 122L, CHEM 122HL, CHEM 320L, PHYS 211L, PHYS 212L, PHYS 220L,and PHYS 221L start Monday, January 13th (1st full week of classes).
CHEM 202L starts Monday, January 27th .