Brian Stoltz

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Brian M. Stoltz
Born (1970-11-12) November 12, 1970 (age 50)
Alma materIndiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1993)
Yale (Ph.D., 1997)
AwardsFellow, AAAS
Scientific career
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorJohn L. Wood
Other academic advisorsE. J. Corey

Brian M. Stoltz is currently a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.[1] 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[2] and (–)-cyanthiwigin F,[3] and development of synthetic reactions to access quaternary stereocenters.[4] Specifically, he has focused on the allylic alkylation of enolates, developing an enantioselective variant in 2004.[5]

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.

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Stoltz is the Editor-in-Chief of Tetrahedron. At present he is also an associate editor for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.[12]


  1. ^ "Brian M. Stoltz". Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Garg, Neil K.; Caspi, Daniel D.; Stoltz, Brian M. (July 20, 2004). "The Total Synthesis of (+)-Dragmacidin F" (PDF). Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126 (31): 9552–9553. doi:10.1021/ja046695b. PMID 15291554.
  3. ^ Enquist, John A.; Stoltz, Brian M. (May 2, 2008). "The total synthesis of (-)-cyanthiwigin F by means of double catalytic enantioselective alkylation". Nature. 453 (7199): 1228–1231. Bibcode:2008Natur.453.1228E. doi:10.1038/nature07046. PMC 2474750. PMID 18580947.
  4. ^ "Press release: Potassium Salt Outperforms Precious Metals As a Catalyst | Caltech". The California Institute of Technology. February 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Stoltz, Brian; Behenna, Douglas (October 28, 2004). "The Enantioselective Tsuji Allylation" (PDF). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126 (46): 15044–15045. doi:10.1021/ja044812x. PMID 15547998.
  6. ^ "American Chemical Society, Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry". doi:10.1021/cen-09602-awards50. Retrieved February 16, 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "NSF Award Recipient Details". Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in the Physical Sciences".
  9. ^ "Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator". Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Alumnus Stoltz Honored with Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award". February 24, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Brian Stoltz Receives 2015 Mukaiyama Award". October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  12. ^ Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry Prof. Brian M. Stoltz

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