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Tobias Gulder – NPR’s new Chair of the Editorial Board

We are delighted to announce that Professor Tobias A. M. Gulder is the new Chair of the Natural Product Reports Editorial Board.

“Natural Product Reports has been my favorite journal for critical reviews in natural product chemistry since entering the field as a graduate student. I became a member of the Editorial Board of NPR in 2017 and have since enjoyed working with the Royal Society of Chemistry Editorial Team and the Board Members to further develop the journal. I feel honored to succeed Brad Moore as the Chair of the journal and look forward to continue his successful work for the natural product community.”

We are very grateful to Professor Bradley Moore for all of his contributions to the journal during his years with us as an Editorial Board member and then as Chair.

As we wish Professor Moore well with his future endeavours we warmly welcome Professor Gulder to his new position, leading the journal to continued success.

About Tobias

Tobias A. M. Gulder holds degrees in Chemistry from the University of Würzburg (Diploma 2004, PhD 2008). After postdoctoral training at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Bradley Moore (2008-2010) he started his independent work as a Liebig and Emmy Noether fellow at the University of Bonn (2011-2014). In 2014 he accepted to offer to join the Technical University of Munich as Professor of Biosystems Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM). In 2019 he became the Chair of Technical Biochemistry at the Technical University of Dresden.

Professor Gulder’s research interests focus on the structure, biosynthesis and synthesis of bacterial natural products. This includes the elucidation of new biosynthetic transformations and their application to the biocatalytic synthesis of natural products as well as the manipulation of biosynthetic pathways to generate new molecular structures.

 

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2019 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

The Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career.


We are delighted to announce that Professor Mohammad R. “Mo” Seyedsayamdost has been chosen by the Natural Product Reports Editorial Board to receive the 2019 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

His lab is interested in the discovery, structure, function, and biosynthesis of natural products from microbial sources, with an emphasis on bioactive cryptic metabolites. These studies blend approaches from microbiology, bacterial genetics, natural product chemistry, and enzymology.

 

 

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive the NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

I am grateful to the selection committee, my mentors (Liz, JoAnne, Jon, and Roberto) for their constant support, as well as the members of my lab for their hard work.” – Prof. Mo Seyedsayamdost

 

More about Mo…

Mo obtained an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and completed his thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Lizbeth Hedstrom. He then joined the Department of Chemistry at MIT and earned a PhD degree under the guidance of Prof. JoAnne Stubbe. His PhD thesis investigated the mechanism of long-range radical transfer in class I ribonucleotide reductases. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the research groups of Prof. Jon Clardy and Prof. Roberto Kolter, where he examined the roles of natural products in mediating microbial interspecies interactions. In 2013, Mo started his independent career at Princeton University.

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2019 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

This lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. Nominations can be made by anyone, so why not nominate a colleague, collaborator, or someone whose work you admire today?

Nominate by 12 September 2018

 
Who can be nominated?

To be eligible for the Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship candidates must be within the first six years of their independent career, either in academia or industry, have started publishing independent papers and have made a significant contribution to natural products-related research.

 
Lectureship details

The recipient will be invited to present a lecture at a conference during 2019 and will receive £500 towards travel and accommodation costs. They will also be presented with a commemorative framed certificate and invited to contribute an article to Natural Product Reports.

 
How to nominate

Those wishing to make a nomination should email the following details to the Editorial Office at NPR-RSC@rsc.org by 12 September 2018:

  • The name, affiliation and (if possible) web address of the nominee
  • At least one paragraph outlining the reasons for nomination. This should include brief details of the nominee’s contributions to their field. Additional supporting information, for example their CV, would be helpful but is not mandatory for making a nomination.

 
Selection procedure

The Natural Product Reports Editorial Board will draw up a short-list of candidates based on the information provided at nomination. The board will then vote to select the recipient and the winner will be announced in late 2018.

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Konrad K. Tiefenbacher selected for the 2018 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

The Editorial Board of Natural Product Reports (NPR) is delighted to announce that Professor Konrad K. Tiefenbacher has been chosen to recieve the 2018 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship for his work on applying supramolecular host structures in terpene chemistry.

About Konrad
Konrad received his chemical basic education at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Texas in Austin. After finishing his diploma thesis in the lab of Prof. Fröhlich, he pursued his interest in total synthesis of biologically active natural products during a Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Mulzer at the University of Vienna. He then moved to Prof. Rebek’s lab at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla to learn about molecular recognition and self-assembly. In December 2011 he started his independent career as a Juniorprofessor (W1-position) at the Technical University Munich. In June 2016 he was appointed to a dual tenure track assistant professorship at the University of Basel and the ETH Zürich.

You can find out more about Konrad’s research on his webpage.

 

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Nominations open for the 2018 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Nominate by 7 September 2017

This Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. Nominations can be made by anyone, so why not nominate a colleague, collaborator, or someone whose work you admire today?

Who can be nominated?
To be eligible for the Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship, any candidate should have completed their PhD on or after 31st December 2008, have started publishing independent papers and have made a significant contribution to natural products-related research.

Lectureship details
The recipient will be invited to present a lecture at a conference during 2018 and will receive £500 towards travel and accommodation costs. They will also be presented with a certificate and be asked to contribute a Natural Product Reports article.

How to nominate
Those wishing to make a nomination should email the following details to the Natural Product Reports Editorial Office by 7 September 2017:

  • The name, affiliation and (if possible) web address of the nominee
  • At least a paragraph outlining the reasons for nomination. This should include brief details of the nominee’s contributions to their field. Additional supporting information, for example their CV, would be helpful but is not mandatory for making a nomination.

Selection procedure
The Natural Product Reports Editorial Board will draw up a short-list of candidates based on the information provided at nomination. The board will then vote to select the recipient at the and the winner will be announced in late 2017.

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Katherine S. Ryan – winner of the 2017 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Congratulations to Katherine S. Ryan on winning the 2017 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Katherine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia where her research group investigates the biosynthetic pathways to microbial natural product molecules.

The Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting, the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related research in their early independent career.

Katherine was selected to receive the lectureship for her significant contributions to understanding the unusual biosynthetic chemistry of antibiotics such as indolmycin and for using modern synthetic biology techniques to rationally generate new bisindole chemistry.

Find out more about Katherine and her research on Katherine’s webpage.

Katherine will be holding her Lectureship at a yet to be determined conference in 2017.

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Nominations open for 2017 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Nominate by 1 September 2016

The Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. Nominations can be made by anyone, so why not nominate a colleague, collaborator, or someone whose work you admire today?

Who can be nominated?
To be eligible for the Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship, any candidate should have completed their PhD on or after 31st December 2007, have started publishing independent papers and have made a significant contribution to natural products-related research.

Lectureship details
The recipient will be invited to present a lecture at a conference during 2017. They will receive £500 towards travel and accommodation costs. They will also be presented with a certificate and be asked to contribute a Natural Product Reports article.

How to nominate
Those wishing to make a nomination should send the following details to the Natural Product Reports Editorial Office by 1 September 2016:

  • The name, affiliation and (if possible) web address of the nominee
  • At least a paragraph outlining the reasons for nomination. This should include brief details of the nominee’s contributions to their field. Additional supporting information, for example their CV, would be helpful but is not mandatory for making a nomination.

Selection procedure
The Natural Product Reports Editorial Board will draw up a short-list of candidates based on the information provided at nomination. The board will then vote to select the recipient at the Autumn Editorial Board meeting, and the winner will be announced in late 2016.

Previous Winners
2013: Rebecca Goss – University of St Andrews, UK
2014: Emily Balskus – Harvard University, USA
2015: Seth Herzon – Yale University, USA
2016: Ryan Shenvi – The Scripps Research Institute, USA

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Ryan Shenvi receives NPR Lectureship at BOS 2016

Prof. Ryan Shenvi winner of the 2016 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship delivered his lecture “Chemical Synthesis of Secondary Metabolites” at the recent Balticum Organicum Syntheticum held in Riga, Latvia.

As part of the lecture Ryan highlighted research discussed in his recent NPR viewpoint:

Neurite outgrowth enhancement by jiadifenolide: possible targets

Read more about Ryan’s research on the Shenvi lab Homepage

The NPR Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting, the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related research in their early independent career.

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ChemSpider for natural product research – an introduction

This blog post is an introduction to a series that we will be running that looks at how natural products research can be facilitated by new technologies, such as ChemSpider. Along the way we might also consider some of the challenges that come with generating and (re)using chemical data as we move into an age where more and more data is generated by all of us, and the end consumer of that data may not only be a human reading a publication on a screen (or in a print copy).

In our recently published editorial we mention our belief that the natural products community may benefit from both using and contributing to ChemSpider. Over the next few posts we hope to illustrate some aspects of ChemSpider that we hope may be of use.

We don’t know if you use ChemSpider every day, or have only visited the site once or twice; if you always find what you want or perhaps have sometimes have obtained unexpected results; or somewhere in-between. But we hope that we can show you how features of ChemSpider that make your life easier, be it by showing you: types of data that you didn’t know that you could find; or approaches to searching that you were not aware of. Most of all, we hope that we can show you the possibility of the resource that we as a community of researchers passionate about chemical structures can build.

Of course we don’t want this to be a one-way conversation, and we welcome comments to the blog posts and emails (please direct these to ChemSpider@rsc.org in the first instance).

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Natural Product Updates – new site launched

Natural Product Updates has launched a new website with personalised alerts, to help you to find relevant articles even faster.

On the new platform subscribers can set up tailored email alerts and saved searches, saving time and bringing the latest developments directly to their inbox.

Our trained editors select the content from a wide range of primary sources. Each article is presented with a representative structure, and is also searchable by source organism, biological activity and compound type

Natural Product Updates is a literature alerting service keeping you current with the latest developments in natural product chemistry. It covers the isolation of new natural products, structure elucidation, synthesis, biosynthesis and biological activity studies. Reviews in all of these areas are also included.

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