Mission and vision
As new assistant professor I plan to use my multi-disciplinary background to develop a publishable, highly fundable research program. Each project follows a common theme of using hypervalent iodine in chemical synthesis and then applies it to research fields involving bioactive molecules, fundamental physical organic chemistry, and fluorescent sensing. The projects teach undergraduate researchers advanced skills that will prepare them for any scientific career they pursue. Specifically, techniques on air/moisture sensitive reactions, column chromatography, 1D, 2D, and heteronuclear NMR, and advanced organic chemistry concepts; but most importantly, how to use critical thinking to solve scientific problems when there is no "solutions manual." I also plan for my students to present at meetings such as the regional and national ACS conventions. Presentation skills are imperative in many careers and I feel I would be doing my students a disservice if I did not fully prepare them to pay the close attention to detail required by all scientists.