Wei Wang


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Chemical Biology and Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: 505-277-6655
Office: Clark Hall Room 205


  • B.S. in Chemistry, 1988, Nanjing Normal University
  • M.S. in Chemistry, 1993, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2000, North Carolina State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry, 2001, University of Arizona


Our laboratory is interested in developing innovative chemical technologies and strategies to solve chemical and biological problems. Currently we are working on three areas:

  • organocatalysis;
  • molecular imaging and recognition; and
  • chemical biology and medicinal chemistry.

Selected Publications

  1. Wang, J.; Xie, H.-X.; Li, H.; Zu, L.-S.; Wang, W. "Hydrogen-bond Mediated Highly Stereoselective Cascade Michael-Michael Process via Dynamic Kinetic Resolution" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47, in press.
  2. Fu, Z.; Malureanu, L.; Huang, J.; Wang, W.; Li, H.; van Deursen, J. M.; Tindall, D. J.; Chen, J. "Plk1-dependent Phosphorylation of FoxM1 Regulates a Transcriptional Program Required for Mitotic Progression" Nature Cell Biol., 2008, in revision.
  3. Jiang, W.; Fu, Q.-Q.; Fan, H.-Y.; Ho, J.; Wang, W. "A Highly Selective Fluorescent Probe for Facile Detection of Thiophenols" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 8445-8448.
  4. Xie, H.-X.; Zu, L.-S.; Li, H.; Wang, J.; Wang, W. "Organocatalytic Enantioselective Cascade Michael-Alkylation Reactions. Synthesis of Chiral Cyclopropanes and Investigation of Unexpected Organocatalyzed Stereoselective Ring Opening of Cyclopropanes" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 10886-10894.
  5. Zu, L.-S.; Wang, J.; Li, H.; Xie, H.-X.; Jiang, W.; Wang, W. "Cascade Michael-aldol Reactions Promoted by Hydrogen-Bonding Mediated Catalysis" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 1036-1037.