Research in the Goess lab involves the total synthesis of medicinally valuable natural products, discovery of new organic reactions to simplify these synthesis, and development of related technologies to enhance undergraduate education in organic chemistry.
Currently, we are developing new synthesis routes to members of the furanosteroid family of natural products, which have been shown to possess significant chemotherapeutic properties. To aid these syntheses, we are inventing new chemical reactions that convert common carbon-hydrogen bonds into much more reactive carbon-oxygen bonds. And, when possible, we are adapting these new chemical transformations for use in undergraduate teaching labs.
Dr. Goess is always looking for undergraduate collaborators who want to learn how to synthesize new pharmaceuticals and discover new chemical reactions. To learn more, take a class from Dr. Goess, stop by the lab, or send an email.