Michael J Krische, Associate editor
The University of Texas at Austin, USA
I received my BS degree in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1989), where I performed research with Professor Henry Rapoport. After a year abroad as a Fulbright Fellow, I initiated doctoral studies at Stanford University with Professor Barry Trost as a Veatch Graduate Fellow. Following receipt of my PhD degree (1996), I joined the laboratory of Professor Jean-Marie Lehn at the Université Louis Pasteur as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, I joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was promoted directly to the rank of full professor (2004) and was appointed the Robert A. Welch Chair in Science (2007). My research group has pioneered a broad, new class of C-C bond formations that merge the characteristics of transfer hydrogenation and carbonyl addition. These methods, which enable the direct stereo- and site-selective conversion of lower alcohols to higher alcohols, dramatically simplify the synthesis of polyketide natural products, providing the most concise routes reported, to date. Our research has been recognized by numerous awards, including the NSF-CAREER Award (2000), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002), Eli Lilly Granteeship for Untenured Faculty (2002), Frasch Award in Chemistry (2002), Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2003), Sloan Fellowship (2003), Johnson & Johnson Focused Giving Award (2005), Solvias Ligand Prize (2006), Presidential Green Chemistry Award (2007), ACS Corey Award (2007), Dowpharma Prize (2007), Novartis Lectureship (2008), Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award (2009), Humboldt Senior Research Award (2009-2011), Mukaiyama Award (2010), Glaxo-Smith-Kline Scholar Award (2011), ACS Cope Scholar Award (2012), JSPS Fellow (2013), the Royal Society of Chemistry, Pedler Award (2015).