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New Editorial Board Members – Natural Product Reports

We are delighted to warmly welcome three new Editorial Board Members to our Natural Product ReportsProfessor Dong-Chan Oh (Seoul National University, South Korea), and Professor Eriko Takano (University of Manchester, UK), and Professor Changsheng Zhang (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, China Academy of Sciences, China).

Dong-Chan Oh studied oceanography and chemistry at Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. He obtained Ph. D. in marine natural products chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2006. After graduation, he joined Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral research fellow and later worked as an instructor. In 2009, he started his independent academic career at Natural Products Research Institute, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University in Korea. He conducted his research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Early Career Scientist from 2012 to 2017. Dong-Chan Oh is currently a full professor of College of Pharmacy and the director of Natural Products Research Institute at Seoul National University.

His research focuses on the discovery, the structure elucidation, and the stereochemical determination of new bioactive natural products from microbes.

Eriko Takano is the Professor of Synthetic Biology in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, at the University of Manchester since 2012. In 2014, she was appointed as one of the three directors for the EPSRC/BBSRC-funded Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, SYNBIOCHEM and in 2018, she was appointed as the deputy head of department of Chemistry. Eriko graduated from Kitasato University in Japan and did her undergraduate project with Prof Satoshi Omura (2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine), before working at a R&D facility for a company, Meiji Seika Kaisha, for several years. After leaving industry, she obtained her PhD at the John Innes Institute, Norwich, UK, in 1994 on the regulation of antibiotic production in Streptomyces coelicolor. Before her arrival in Manchester, she had been Associate Professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Assistant Professor (C1) at the Department of Microbiology / Biotechnology, University of Tübingen, in Germany.

Eriko is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the synthetic biology of microbes for antibiotic production. Her interests are in bioinformatics software development for designing natural products producers; untargeted metabolomics for chassis engineering in Streptomyces; secondary metabolite biosynthesis pathway assembly; and regulatory circuit engineering through signalling molecules and non-coding RNAs. Eriko has published 103 peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters and holds 5 patents. She is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and has served as an expert advisor for the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks on synthetic biology, where she contributed to a series of three official Opinions with major impact on the development of the field.

Changsheng Zhang obtained a BSc. in Biology (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, 1994) and an MSc. in Biotechnolgy (East China University of Science and Technology, 1997). In 2002, he obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Microbiology (Bergische University of Wuppertal, Germany) with Prof. Dr. W. Piepersberg. He carried out postdoctoral research on natural product glycosylation studies with J. S. Thorson at University of Wisconsin, Madison (2003-2008). In 2008, he joined the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, China Academy of Sciences.

His research interest focuses on marine polycyclic natural product discovery and biosynthesis

You can find some of their most recent RSC publications below:


Bioinformatics for the synthetic biology of natural products: integrating across the Design–Build–Test cycle
Pablo Carbonell, Andrew Currin, Adrian J. Jervis, Nicholas J. W. Rattray, Neil Swainston, Cunyu Yan, Eriko Takano and Rainer Breitling
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2016, 33, 925-932, DOI: 10.1039/C6NP00018E, Highlight

Switchable foldamer ion channels with antibacterial activity
Anna D. Peters, Stefan Borsley, Flavio della Sala, Dominic F. Cairns-Gibson, Marios Leonidou, Jonathan Clayden, George F. S. Whitehead, Iñigo J. Vitórica-Yrezábal, Eriko Takano, John Burthem, Scott L. Cockroft and Simon J. Webb
Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D0SC02393K, Edge Article

Functional characterization of the halogenase SpmH and discovery of new deschloro-tryptophan dimers
Zhiwen Liu, Liang Ma, Liping Zhang, Wenjun Zhang, Yiguang Zhu, Yuchan Chen, Weimin Zhang and Changsheng Zhang
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 1053-1057, DOI: 10.1039/C8OB02775G, Communication

Heterologous expression of the trichostatin gene cluster and functional characterization of N-methyltransferase TsnB8
Wei Liu, Vinay Gopal Jannu, Zhiwen Liu, Qingbo Zhang, Xiaodong Jiang, Liang Ma, Wenjun Zhang, Changsheng Zhang and Yiguang Zhu
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, 18, 3649-3653, DOI: 10.1039/D0OB00617C, Communication

Activation and characterization of a cryptic gene cluster reveals a cyclization cascade for polycyclic tetramate macrolactams
Subhasish Saha, Wenjun Zhang, Guangtao Zhang, Yiguang Zhu, Yuchan Chen, Wei Liu, Chengshan Yuan, Qingbo Zhang, Haibo Zhang, Liping Zhang, Weimin Zhang and Changsheng Zhang
Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1607-1612, DOI: 10.1039/C6SC03875A, Edge Article

Identification and bioactivity evaluation of secondary metabolites from Antarctic-derived Penicillium chrysogenum CCTCC M 2020019
Imran Khan, Haibo Zhang, Wei Liu, Liping Zhang, Fang Peng, Yuchan Chen, Qingbo Zhang, Guangtao Zhang, Weimin Zhang and Changsheng Zhang
RSC Adv., 2020, 10, 20738-20744, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03529G, Paper

Characterization of the flavoenzyme XiaK as an N-hydroxylase and implications in indolosesquiterpene diversification
Qingbo Zhang, Huixian Li, Lu Yu, Yu Sun, Yiguang Zhu, Hanning Zhu, Liping Zhang, Shu-Ming Li, Yuemao Shen, Changlin Tian, Ang Li, Hung-wen Liu and Changsheng Zhang
Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 5067-5077, DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01182B

Flavoenzyme CrmK-mediated substrate recycling in caerulomycin biosynthesis
Yiguang Zhu, Marie-Ève Picard, Qingbo Zhang, Julie Barma, Xavier Murphy Després, Xiangui Mei, Liping Zhang, Jean-Baptiste Duvignaud, Manon Couture, Weiming Zhu, Rong Shi and Changsheng Zhang
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 4867-4874, DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00771F, Edge Article

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Nominations open for 2020 Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Nominations are now open for the 2020 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 30 September 2019

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 2020 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 30 September 2019:

  • 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 2019.

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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 receives NPR Lectureship at 9th US-Japan Seminar on Biosynthesis of Natural Products

Professor Katherine S. Ryan winner of the 2017 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship delivered her lecture on “A PLP-dependent oxidase in the biosynthesis of indolmycin” at the recent 9th US-Japan Seminar on the Biosynthesis of Natural Products at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in California.  

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.

Nominations will be open for the 2018 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship later this year. This will be announced on our blog so check back here regularly.

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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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