Brian M. Stoltz
|Born||November 12, 1970|
|Alma mater||Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1993)|
Yale (Ph.D., 1997)
|Institutions||California Institute of Technology|
|Doctoral advisor||John L. Wood|
|Other academic advisors||E. J. Corey|
Brian M. Stoltz is currently a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. The primary focus of his research is chemical synthesis with an emphasis on expanding the scope of allylic alkylation for the preparation of complex molecules possessing unique structural, biological, and physical properties. His research involves the total synthesis of natural products such as dragmacidin F and (-)-cyanthiwigin F, and development of synthetic reactions to access quaternary stereocenters. Specifically, he has focused on the allylic alkylation of enolates, developing an enantioselective variant in 2004.
Several former members of the Stoltz laboratory have gone on to start research groups of their own, such as Eric Ferreira (University of Georgia), Neil Garg (UCLA), Amanda Jones (Wake Forest University), Wen-Bo 'Boger' Liu (Wuhan Univ.), Jeremy May (University of Houston), Hosea Nelson (UCLA), Kim Petersen (UNC Greensboro), Jennifer Roizen (Duke University), Richmond Sarpong (UC Berkeley), Jennifer Stockdill (Wayne State University), and Uttam Tambar (UT-Southwestern Medical Center),
Stoltz received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and German from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993. As an undergraduate he spent a year abroad at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. at Yale University, where he studied organic chemistry under the supervision of John L. Wood, completing his studies in 1997. Upon completion of his graduate work, he held an NIH post-doctoral fellowship appointment in the laboratory of E. J. Corey at Harvard University from 1998 to 2000.