Associate professor, Department of Chemistry
areas of expertise: complex molecule synthesis, biomimetic synthesis of alkaloids, development of new methodologies for synthetic organic chemistry, chemistry
Movassaghi carried out his undergraduate research with Paul A. Bartlett at UC Berkeley, where he received his BS in chemistry with honors in 1995. He then carried out his graduate studies with Andrew G. Myers and completed his PhD at Harvard University in 2001 as a Roche Predoctoral Fellow. In 2003, after a Damon-Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship with Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard, he joined the faculty at MIT, where his research group focuses on the total synthesis of complex alkaloids in concert with the discovery and development of new reactions for organic synthesis.
The Movassaghi research group’s studies have been recognized by the Dale F. and Betty A. Frey Scholar Award of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, an Amgen New Faculty Award, a National Science Foundation–CAREER Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, Merck Academic Development Program Awards, a GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award, a US National Committee/IUPAC Young Observer Fellowship Award, an Amgen Young Investigator Award, an AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, a Lilly Grantee Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award, an American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, a Roche Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award, a Lectureship Award of the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan, and most recently the American Chemical Society Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator.
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