When I started my first faculty appointment in 1991 I thought I would spend most of my time thinking deeply about science, writing papers and teaching students, but my professional life turned out much different as science and research in my areas of interest have evolved.
Gary Sulikowski received a B.S. in chemistry from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Professor Amos B. Smith, III. He was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Yale University with Professor Sam Danishefsky. His first faculty appointment was in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University in 1991. He joined the Vanderbilt Chemistry Department as Stevenson Professor of Chemistry and member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB) beginning the 2004-2005 academic year. Currently he serves as director of the VICB chemical synthesis core, deputy director of the institute and holds a secondary appointment in the Pharmacology Department. He serves as Director of the Vanderbilt Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program and co-Director on the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) program in chemical biology.
Sulikowski’s research in natural product synthesis and chemical biology is enabled by a commitment to education and training of students in the practice of chemical synthesis. His research in chemical biology is enabled by collaborations with faculty members of the Institute of Chemical Biology spanning the departments of pharmacology, microbiology as well as the school of medicine. In the course of these studies he has established collaborative programs in the areas of infectious disease, cancer and neuroscience. His work as director of the VICB Chemical Synthesis core has further provided opportunity to participate in team science by way of the NCI cancer therapeutics program.
Sulikowski has received a number of fellowships and awards including an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Association of Former Students of Texas A&M Teaching Award, Welch Lectureship and an Eli Lilly Award. He was awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship in 2003, named a Texas A & M Faculty Fellow (2002-2007) and an AAAS Fellow (2008).