Kyriacos Costa Nicolaou
K. C. Nicolaou is distinguished for his numerous contributions to chemical synthesis and chemical biology. He began his independent career in 1976, at the University of Pennsylvania where he demonstrated the power of cascade reactions in total synthesis and the effectiveness of weaving total synthesis endeavors with the discovery of new synthetic technologies and biological investigations of the synthesized molecules, as a means to advance the field of natural products chemistry, biology and medicine.
In 1989, he moved to La Jolla to join the University of California, San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute, where the majority of his accomplishments in total synthesis were made. These include a large collection of targets of unprecedented molecular complexity and diversity of which the most well known are perhaps calicheamicin γ1I, Taxol®, brevetoxins A and B, vancomycin and thiostrepton. Under his chairmanship since 1989, the chemistry department at Scripps has risen to a world renowned center for chemical education and research in chemical synthesis and chemical biology. He is well known for the educationally influential books he co-authored with his students.
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