in Medicinal or Synthetic Chemistry
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John Montgomery received his A.B. degree at the University of North Carolina in 1987 under the direction of Profs. Joe Templeton and Maurice Brookhart, where his undergraduate research experience sparked his interest in organometallic chemistry. He received his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 1991 under the direction of Prof. Louis Hegedus, and he conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Irvine from 1991 – 1993 with Prof. Larry Overman. In 1993, he began his independent career at Wayne State University, and he moved to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2005, where he currently serves as the Director of the Michigan Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program and as Director of the UM – ICIQ Global Engagement Program. Additionally, he is a member of the Emory-based Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF). John’s independent career has focused on the use of transition metals in reaction discovery, synthetic methodology development, mechanistic chemistry, and complex molecule synthesis. Other more recent interests include the discovery of new glycosylation methods and the use of biocatalytic transformations in organic synthesis.