University of North Carolina
Jeffrey Johnson earned his B.S. at the University of Kansas in 1994, graduating with Highest Distinction and Honors in Chemistry. He performed graduate research as an NSF Graduate Fellow in the laboratories of Professor David Evans at Harvard University from 1994-1999, working in the area of enantioselective catalysis employing bis(oxazoline) copper(II) complexes. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1999, he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratories of Professor Robert Bergman at the University of California at Berkeley, where he investigated Ti(IV)-catalyzed amination reactions. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is the A. Ronald Gallant Distinguished Professor and Department Chair. Recent awards include the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan Lectureship Award (2014), the ACS’s Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis (2012), an Arthur C. Cope Scholar award (2010), the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry (2008), UNC’s Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement (2006), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2006), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2006), a GSK Scholar Award (2006), and the Amgen Young Investigator Award (2005). Professor Johnson’s research focuses on (i) new reaction design, discovery, and development, (ii) enantioselective catalysis, and (iii) the synthesis of architecturally complex natural products such as zaragozic acid C, polyanthellin A, and pactamycin.