Latest Burke Group News
(07/01/18) Congratulations Andrew for being awarded a Chemistry Biology Interface Training Grant!
(05/30/18) Congratulations Anna for being awarded a Travel Grant from the Department of Biochemistry!
(04/27/18) Congratulations Sriya for receiving an Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship from the Department of Chemistry!
(03/27/18) Congratulations Jenn for receiving a Travel Grant from the Graduate College!
(02/14/18) Congratulations Jenn for receiving a Travel Grant from the Department of Biochemistry!
(12/12/17) Congratulations Katrina on earning your Ph.D.!
(12/11/17) Congratulations Adam on earning your Ph.D.!
(12/1/17) Congratulations Jenn on earning your Ph.D.!
(11/28/17) Congratulations Hannah on earning your Ph.D.!
(10/04/17) Congratulations Tony on earning your Ph.D.!
(09/12/17) Hinokitiol is chosen as “Molecule of the week” by the ACS!
(08/31/17) Congratulations to Jonathan Lehmann on winning the Vandeveer Voorhees Award for the best graduate student Original Research Proposal!
(06/09/17) Congratulations to David Siebert for his new Assistant Professorship at the University of Washington!
(06/05/17) Congratulations Tony on being awarded the Pines Travel Award to give a seminar at the University of Michigan!
(05/22/17) Congratulations Andrea and Claire on their commentary published in PNAS!
(05/12/17) Congratulations Tony, who won the "Academy Award" for Best Podium Presentation at the BioIron Conference at UCLA!
(05/11/17) Congratulations Tony, Anna, Alex, Chris, and James, for their breakthrough in molecular prosthetics reported in Science!
(12/02/16) Congratulations Alex on earning your Ph.D.!
(11/17/16) Congratulations, Daniel, who has been awarded the Damon Runyon Fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation!
(09/16/16) Congratulations to Junqi Li on winning the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. Junqi will present a seminar at a dedicated symposium celebrating her award at the Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco!
(07/26/16) Congratulations Claire, who has been awarded the Enta Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year!
(07/26/16) Congraluations Andrea and Jonathan, who are the recipients of Marvel Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year!
(07/07/16) Congratulations Tony for being awarded the 2016 Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation from Sigma Aldrich!
(04/08/16) Jenn and Anna have been awarded the Robert L. Switzer Award for their excellence in teaching!
(12/10/15) Congratulations Matt and Alex on their publication, "Our Path to Less Toxic Amphotericins" in Synlett.
(12/04/15) Congratulations Stephen, Bowei, and Alex on their publication, "C3-OH of Amphotericin B Plays an Important Role in Ion Conductance" in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
(11/06/15) Congratulations Dillon, who is the receipient of the James Scholar Preble Research Award!
(08/05/15) Congratulations Alex, Jenn, Tony, and Katrina on their publication, "Restored physiology in protein-deficient yeast by a small molecule channel" in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
(07/31/15) Congraluations Junqi and Tony. Their review, "From Synthesis to Function via Iterative Assembly of N-Methyliminodiacetic Acid Boronate Building Blocks" has been accepted to Acc. Chem. Res.
(06/25/15) Congratulations Hannah on being awarded the Pines Travel Award to give a seminar at Macalester College!
(06/01/15) Congratulations Stevie and Matt! Their publication on "Non-toxic antimicrobials that evade drug resistance" has been published in Nat. Chem. Bio. and has been highlighted by Nature, Nat. Chem. Bio, and C&EN News.
(04/02/15) Congratulations Sarah Tucker for receiving a 2015 Campus Honors Program Summer Research Award.
(03/12/15) Junqi Li, Steve Ballmer, Eric Gillis, Seiko Fujii, Andrea Palazzolo, Mike Schmidt, Jon Lehmann, and Greg Morehouse's publication on "Synthesis of many different types of organic small molecules using one automated process" has been published in Science. It has been highlighted in Science, Nature, C&EN, HHMI News , Illinois News, Science Daily, and other sources. It was also highlighted on the cover of Science. Click here to watch a video of Marty describing this advance.
(03/09/15) Congratulations Junqi Li on completing your Ph.D.!
(03/02/15) Congratulations Robert Pipal for receiving a 2015 MCB Summer Research Opportunities Program Fellowship.
(02/19/15) Congratulations Tony Grillo on receiving an Eastman Travel Grant to attend a Gordon Research Conference this summer!
(11/27/14) Congratulations Matt Endo on winning the Pines Travel Award to give a seminar at Seattle University!
(11/24/14) Congratulations Tony Grillo on being awarded the Seemon-Pines Award for best talk at the annual Beak-Pines Allerton Conference!
(09/18/14) Marty Burke will give an online seminar in C&ENs Inaugural Virtual Symposium on September 24th! Register here for this event.
(05/20/14) Eric Woerly and Jahnabi Roy's publication on the Synthesis of most polyene natural product motifs using just twelve building blocks and one coupling reaction has been published in Nature Chemistry. It has been highlighted in C&EN, GEN, Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Chemical Biology, and Illinois News. Click here to watch a video of Marty describing this advance.
(04/11/14) Congratulations Brice Uno on completing your Ph.D.!
(04/10/14) Congratulations Seiko Fujii on defending your Ph.D.!
Tom Anderson, Alex Cioffi, Katrina Diaz, and Brice Uno! Their publication describing how "Amphotericin forms an extramembranous and fungicidal sterol sponge" has been headlined in Nature Chemical Biology. Their publican has been highlighted by Nat. Chem. Bio.
(03/18/14) Congratulations Tony Grillo on being awarded the R.C. Fuson Travel Award!
(03/04/14) The Burke Group has been awarded the 2014 Thieme IUPAC Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry!
(01/05/14) Marty wins the International Organic Chemistry Foundation (IOCF) lectureship award from Japan!
(11/18/13) Congratulations to Eric Woerly on receiving a Damon Runyon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship! We wish you all the best as you transition to your post-doc with Eric Jacobsen at Harvard.
(08/16/13) Marty wins the 2014 Hirata Memorial Gold Medal !
(06/24/13) Congratulations Dr. Pulin Wang on your Ph.D.!
(06/05/13) Congratulations Matt Endo and Brice Uno on your publication in JACS titled "C2'-OH of Amphotericin B Plays an Important Role in Binding the Primary Sterol of Human Cells but Not Yeast Cells".
Their publication has been highlighted in C&EN News!
(06/03/13) Congratulations Dr. Eric Woerly! His publication in Tetrahedron on the coupling of (1-Bromovinyl)-MIDA boronate was published online in a special issue dedicated to Paul Wender's Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry.
(04/28/13) Congratulations Dr. Steve Ballmer on earning your Ph.D.!
(04/04/13) Congratulations Dr. Eric Woerly on receiving your Ph.D.!
(03/23/13) Marty has been selected to deliver the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture at the 246th National ACS Meeting in Indianapolis!
(03/06/13) The Burke Group has been awarded the University of Illinois 2013 Innovation Discovery Award!
(01/17/13) Congratulations Dr. Brandon Wilcock on achieving your Ph.D.!
(11/12/12) Congratulations Brandon, Brice, Gretchen, Matt, and Tom! Their manuscript describing highly site-selective functionalizations of AmB through electronic tuning has been published and highlighted in Nature Chemistry .
(08/30/12) Congratulations Dr. Tom Anderson on receiving your Ph.D.!
(08/22/12) Marty wins the 2013 American Chemical Society Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator!
(07/13/12) Congratulations Dr. Dave Knapp on completing your Ph.D.!
(07/10/12) Junqi Li is selected as a Bristol Myers Squibb Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry! Congratulations Junqi!
(06/18/12) Congratulations to Junqi Li on winning an HHMI International Student Research Fellowship. Click here for a press release from HHMI highlighting Junqi's project.
(06/04/12) Congratulations Dr. Ian Dailey on receiving your Ph.D.!
(01/27/12) Congratulations Graham and Eric for your recently published publication in Angewandte Chemie disclosing a general solution for coupling 2-pyridyl boronates!
(01/17/12) Congratulations to Kaitlyn, Dan, Ian, Matt, Brice, and Brandon! Their publication in PNAS showing that channel formation is not required for amphotericin's potent fungicidal activity is now published and on the web! It is also highlighted in Illinois News and Nature Chemical Biology.
(11/14/11) Congratulations to Dr. Kaitlyn Gray on earning your Ph.D.!
(08/12/11) Congratulations to Junqi Li for her recent publication in JACS titled "Pinene-Derived Iminodiacetic Acid (PIDA): A Powerful Ligand for Stereoselective Synthesis and Iterative Cross-Coupling of C(sp3) Boronate Building Blocks". This work was also highlighted in an article by Stu Borman in Chemical & Engineering News!
(06/24/11) Congratulations to Seiko Fujii and Stephanie Chang for their recent publication in Angewandte Chemie titled "Total Synthesis of Synechoxanthin through Iterative Cross-Coupling" - To be highlighted on the cover of Angew. Chem. August, 2011.
(05/27/11) Congratulations to Ian Dailey on being selected as a 2011 Abbott Scholar!
(04/14/11) Congratulations to Eric, Justin, Nagarjuna, and Sean! Their publication in Tetrahedron on (Z)-(2-Bromovinyl)-MIDA boronate was published online today in a special issue dedicated to Dean Toste's Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award. Congratulations also to Dean!
(04/08/11) Ian Dailey has been selected to receive a 2011 Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award! Congratulations, Ian!
(02/28/11) Congratulations to Dan, Ian, Dave, and Brandon! Their publication in PNAS revealing key underpinnings of amphotericin B ion channel and antifungal activites appeared on the web today!
Check out the highlight of this breakthrough by Simon Hadlington in Chemistry World! This breakthrough was also highlighted in an article by Stu Borman in Chemical & Engineering News!
(10/06/10) Congratulations to Suk Joong and Tom! Their Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Communication on generating stereochemically complex polyene frameworks via iterative cross-coupling was published on the web today!
(09/01/10) The Burke Group wins a 2011 Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society! This achievement was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News!
(08/16/10) Congratulations to Pulin Wang who was awarded the Voorhees Award for his Original Research Proposal!
(06/14/10) Marty will present a live international webinar on MIDA boronate building blocks on 16 June 2010 at 8:00 AM! To watch, register here or attend the live event in B102 CLSL.
(05/04/10) Congratulations to Eric W., Alan, and Erin! Their J.A.C.S. Communication on the stereocontrolled synthesis of peridinin was published on the web today!
For a highlight of this paper in SynFacts, click here.
(04/29/10) Congratulations to Graham, Dave, and Eric G.! Their Org. Lett. on 2-heterocyclic MIDA boronates was published on the web today!
(04/09/10) Congratulations to Justin and Suk Joong!
Their Tetrahedron article on alkynyl MIDA was published online today in a special issue dedicated to Brian Stoltz's Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award. Congratulations also to Brian!
(10/15/09) The Burke Group wins the Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry!
(09/15/09) Marty has been selected to receive the Eli Lilly Grantee Award!
(08/02/09) Congratulations to Kaitlyn Gray, Ian Dailey, and David Knapp for winning UIUC Graduate Fellowships!
(07/01/09) Eric Gillis has been awarded a prestigious Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowshp! Congratulations, Eric!
(06/25/09) Dave's and Eric's Communication is one of the "Most Read Articles" for the past month of JACS! Congratulations Dave and Eric!
(06/01/09) Marty wins the AstroZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award!
(05/30/09) Iterative cross coupling is highlighted by Prof. Frank Glorius in Angewandte Chemie!
(04/30/09) Dave and Eric report the discovery of a general solution for unstable boronic acids! Click here to read the recent communication in J.A.C.S.
Check out the highlight by Stu Borman in Chem. and Eng. News!
(04/10/09) Eric Woerly has been awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship! Congratulations, Eric!
(04/07/09) Eric Gillis has been selected to receive a 2009 Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award! Congratulations, Eric!
(03/26/09) The Burke Group is selected to join the Howard Hughes Medical Institute!
(03/25/09) Marty wins a 2009 Amgen Young Investigator's Award!
(03/01/09) Sigma-Aldrich has launched the MIDA Boronates Chemfiles, with 50 new building blocks commercially-available worldwide!
(02/17/09) Marty wins a 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship!
(11/09/08) Brice's and Eric's paper on vinyl MIDA boronate was published in a Tetrahedron Special Issue dedicated to Professor Justin Dubois' receipt of the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award! Congratulations Brice and Eric (and Justin)!
(11/3/08) Check out Simon Hadlington's article in Chemistry World, "Organic synthesis set for autopilot."
((10/10/08) The Burke Group's MIDA boronate chemistry is highlighted in Pharmaasia!
(10/07/08)The worldwide commercial launch of MIDA boronates is highlighted on CNN!
(10/07/08) Aldrich just announced the worldwide commercial launch of a large collection of MIDA boronate building blocks for
iterative cross-coupling! Click here to view the full MIDA boronate catalog.
(10/07/08)Eric's new paper on the synthesis of complex boronic acids from simple MIDA boronates was just published in
JACS!. Congratulations, Eric!
(08/21/08) Congratulations to Kaitlyn Gray who was named the 2008 Dr. Harold R. Snyder Fellow for the Department of Chemistry!
(08/19/08) Marty has been named one of the World's Top Innovators Under 35 by Technology Review!
See also the UIUC press release and the
story in LAS News.
(08/05/08) Congratulations to Eric Gillis on being named the 2008 UIUC Department of Chemistry Pines Graduate Fellow!
(07/03/08) Marty is highlighted as a "Scientist to Watch" in this month's issue of The Scientist!
(4/23/2008)Suk Joong's, Kaitlyn's, and James's paper on iterative Suzuki couplings for construction of polyenes was
highlighted in the May 2008 issue of SynForm!
(4/10/08) The Burke group was recently awarded the Beckman Young Investigator Award
for work on "Iterative Cross-Coupling: A Simple Strategy for Generalizing and Automating the Synthesis of Complex Small Molecules"! To read more about
iterative cross coupling, click here.
(3/13/08) Dan Palacios has been selected as recipient of the 2008 Robert M.
Scarborough Graduate Award! As part of the award ceremony, Dan will
present his research on amphotericin B at the fall national meeting
of the American Chemical Society during the Tuesday afternoon general
oral session of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry program.
(2/28/08) Congratulations to Linda Johnson and Dave Siebert for each receiving a
Campus Honors Program Summer Research Grant!
(2/20/08) Congratulations to Dan Palacios who was recently awarded an NIH Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity!
(2/18/08) The Burke Group was recently awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant, an award given for early career development of teacher-scholars.
(2/16/08) Congratulations to Tom Anderson who was recently awarded a NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship, covering
up to six years of training towards the dual degree!
(1/14/08) The potential for iterative cross coupling to make the power
of small molecule synthesis accessible to non-chemists is highlighted
by Patrick Walter in Chemistry and Industry. Read the
(12/21/07) Dan and Tom's work on amphotericin B is highlighted
by Sergey Kozmin in Nature Chemical Biology.
(12/20/07) Iterative cross coupling (ICC) chemistry is going commercial!
Read the full story by Richard Van Noorden in Chemistry
(12/15/07) Congratulations to Suk Joong, Kaitlyn, and James for their
recent paper in J.A.C.S.!
(10/23/07) Dan and Tom publish in J.A.C.S.
their discovery that the classic model for amphotericin B action is
(10/23/07) The first Burke Group NIH R01 grant is funded!
(5/9/07) Congratulations to Eric for landing the Burke groupís
first publication in J.A.C.S! Also, check out the
highlight, "Masks unveil new synthetic routes," by Stu Borman in Chem. and Eng. News.