I have experience in organic synthesis, and have been working on the total synthesis of a natural product, muironoide A over the past several years. I am interesting in pursuing an industrial career in organic synthesis, but I also have a passion to teach and educate.
The focus of this research entails the collective effort towards the total synthesis of muironolide A (1). Muironolide A is an isoindolinone polyketide macrolide isolated from the marine sponge Phorbas sp., the same specimen which provided the anti-cancer agents phorboxazoles A and B. Due to the lack of this complex molecule in nature, given that only 90 μg was ever isolated, its total synthesis is of high interest to allow for further investigation into its potential biological activity.