- Dean Toste received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the University of Toronto, Canada and his PhD from Stanford University in 2000. Following postdoctoral studies at Caltech, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in July of 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Full Professor is 2009. Professor Toste’s honors include the Cope Scholar (2006), E.J. Corey (2008) and Creativity in Organic Synthesis (2015) Awards from the American Chemical Society, the Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS) Award (2007) and Thieme-IUPAC Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2008) from IUPAC, the Merck Award (2010) from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Mukaiyama Award (2011) from the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Japan and the Horst-Pracejus Prize (2015) from the German Chemical Society.