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David Sarlah

Associate professor


/2011-2014/ Postdoctoral research, ETH Zürich

/2006-2011/ Ph.D. The Scripps Research Institute,CA

/2002-2006/ B.S. in Chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

David was born and raised in Slovenia, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Ljubljana). He carried out his undergraduate research with Prof. K. C. Nicolaou at Scripps and Prof. Samuel J. Danishefsky at Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry with Prof. K. C. Nicolaou involving the total synthesis of complex natural products. David then joined Prof. Erick M. Carreira's group at ETH as a postdoctoral fellow and explored the field of asymmetric catalysis. In the fall of 2014 David joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests span from the synthesis of complex, biologically active natural products and the related chemical biology to methodology development.


2021                    Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

2020                    Kyoto Rising-Star Award Lectureship (Merck Sharp & Dohme)

2020                    American Cancer Society Scholar

2020                    FMC New Investigator Award

2019                    Eli Lilly Grantee Award

2019                    Amgen Young Investigator Award

2019                    BMS Unrestricted Grant Award in Synthetic Chemistry

2019                    NOS Young Investigator

2019                    Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize

2018                    ACS Young Investigator                

2018                    Thieme Chemistry Journals Award

2018                    UIUC Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholars Award

2017                    Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

2016                    National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2011                    Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, Nutley, NJ

2010                    Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Lawrenceville, NJ

Contact information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
270 RAL, Box 107-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 244-9154

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