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2018 Vertex Lecture: “Computational Organic and Biological Chemistry: Reactivity, Mechanisms, Dynamics,” by Professor Kendall Houk, UCLA

March 8, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

2018 Vertex Lecture

“Computational Organic and Biological Chemistry:
Reactivity, Mechanisms, Dynamics”

Professor Kendall N. Houk
Saul Winstein Research Professor in Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry &
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



Thursday, March 8, 2018
Calit2 Auditorium


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Refreshments
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Presentation

About Professor Kendall N. Houk

Professor Houk received A.B., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard, working with Roy Olofson as an undergraduate and R. B. Woodward as a graduate student doing experimental work in the area of experimental tests of orbital symmetry selection rules.  He taught at Louisiana State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and UCLA since 1986.  From 1988-1990, he was Director of the Chemistry Division of the US National Science Foundation.  He was Chairman of the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1991-1994, and became the Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry in 2009.

Professor Houk is an authority on theoretical and computational organic chemistry, beginning as an experimental organic chemist and now on the forefront of the application of computation and theory to understand and predict chemical and biological reactivity.  He collaborates prodigiously with chemists all over the world and has published approximately 1200 articles and has an h-index of 118. He has collaborated and published with UC-Irvine Chemistry faculty, including Professors Hanessian, Overman, Vanderwal, Prescher, Shea, Dong, Jarvo, and Hehre when he was at UCI.

Among his honors are the von Humboldt Foundation U.S. Senior Scientist Award, and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar, James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry, Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Award, the Tolman Medal, and the Arthur C. Cope Award, all from the American Chemical Society. He was awarded the Schrödinger Medal of the WATOC, the Faculty Research Lectureship at UCLA, the Bruylants Chair from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, the Dr. rer. nat. h. c. from the University of Essen, Germany, an Erskine Fellowship in New Zealand, a Lady Davis Fellow at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, a JSPS Fellow in Japan, and the Robert Robinson Award of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry and UCLA’s Glenn T. Seaborg Medal.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.  He is Fellow of the AAAS, WATOC, ACS, and RSC and is an honorary professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Professor Houk was Chair of the Chemistry Section of the AAAS, and was a Senior Editor of Accounts of Chemical Research from 2005-2015. He was Director of the UCLA NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program from 1999 until 2011, and is a member of the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute and California NanoSystems Institute.


About the Vertex Lecture

The Vertex Lectures in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCI were established in 2012 through the generosity of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. This series of lectures will feature distinguished scientists who have made pioneering contributions to organic, bioorganic or medicinal chemistry.


March 8, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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