Winner of the 2024 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Congratulations to Professor Neha Garg, recipient of the 2024 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship!

The annual 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. The Natural Product Reports Editorial Board have selected Professor Garg from the Georgia Institute of Technology as the winner this year.



“It is an honor to receive the 2024 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship. I am eternally grateful to my mentors (Profs. Pieter C. Dorrestein, Wilfred A. van der Donk, and Satish K. Nair) for teaching me to be a scientist, to my colleagues Valerie Paul and Julia Kubanek for their support, to Georgia Tech, to the selection committee, and my lab members for their hard work and infectious positivity.” – Professor Neha Garg

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More about Neha

Neha Garg is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech broadly interested in understanding how small molecules shape microbial composition in complex environments. Garg obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Professors Wilfred A. van der Donk and Satish K. Nair. Neha’s dissertation work in Illinois was recognized by the Anne A Johnson work award and the Catherine Connor Outstanding Dissertation in Biotechnology award. She then worked with Professor Pieter C. Dorrestein as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, San Diego where she developed metabolomics methods to visualize microbial communities.

At Georgia Tech, Garg was awarded the NSF CAREER award, R35 MIRA award, and Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development award to develop –omics methods for investigating natural products-mediated chemical communication between host and microbe as well as mucus-associated probiotic and pathogenic microbes. Her work has been recognized by the ACS Organic Division with the Academic Young Investigator Award. She has also received several teaching awards at Georgia Tech including the Center for Teaching and Learning Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the Vasser Woolley Award for Excellence in Instruction. In her research, Garg develops and applies interdisciplinary approaches in chemical microbiology, molecular biology, microscopy, mass spectrometry, and genomics to unveil the role of microbial, host, and chemical environments in the production of small molecule natural products.

Find out more about Neha and the work her lab is doing on her webpage.

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