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Florence Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor



About Me

B. S. Chemistry with Honors, New York University

Ph. D. Organic Chemistry, UC Irvine

Past Research Experience/Mentors:

New York University: Prof. Marc Walters, Inorganic chemistry

UC Irvine: Prof. Liz Jarvo, Organometallic Chemistry

Post-Doctoral Research, Princeton University, Prof. Dorothea Fiedler, Chemical Biology

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Canadian Chemical Society


Our research utilizes synthetic chemistry with biochemical techniques to investigate the mechanism of activity of various neurotrophic natural products. Strategies include obtaining derivatives of these natural products, which can serve as mechanistic probes, as well as developing new tool reactions that can be used in living cellular systems.  Our area of research spans traditional synthetic chemistry, organometallic catalysis, and chemical biology.