George A. O’Doherty

CV of George O'Doherty (updated 06-27-2022)


George O’Doherty was born in Kilkenny Ireland in 1966, the son of two organic chemist. The went on to pursue the family business, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1987 from RPI working in the labs of Professor Alan R. Cutler. After earning his Ph.D. with Professor Leo A. Paquette at OSU in 1993 he pursued postdoctoral studies with first Professor Barry M. Trost at Stanford and the Anthony G. M. Barrett. He began his independent career at University of Minnesota in 1996 and in 2002, he moved to West Virginia University. He moved again in 2010, to Northeastern University where he has risen to the rank of Professor. His laboratory is interested in the use of asymmetric catalysis for the synthesis and medicinal chemistry study of biological important carbohydrate and natural products. These stereodivergent asymmetric syntheses enable novel Stereochemical-Structure Activity Relationship (S-SAR) studies of natural structures that nature in general does not provide.

DATE OF BIRTH: August 28, 1966; Kilkenny, Ireland

  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • Ph.D., Chemistry, Sept. 1987 to Jan. 1993
    • Advisor: Professor Leo A. Paquette
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
    • B.S., Chemistry, Sept. 1984 - June 1987
    • Advisor: Professor Alan R. Cutler
  • Full Professor Chemistry (Sept. 2010 – present)
    • Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University
  • Full Member (2010)
    • Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, West Virginia University
  • Associate Professor Chemistry (Aug. 2005 – Aug. 2010)
    • Department of Chemistry, West Virginia University
  • Assistant Professor Chemistry (Sept. 2002 – Aug. 2005)
    • Department of Chemistry, West Virginia University
  • Assistant Professor Chemistry (Sept. 1996 - 2002)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • I. C. Postdoctoral Scholar (Sept. 1995 - 1996)
    • Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London
    • Advisor: Professor Anthony G. M. Barrett
  • NSF Postdoctoral Scholar (Jan. 1993 – Aug. 1995)
    • Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
    • Advisor: Professor Barry M. Trost
  • Horace S. Isbell Award from the ACS Carbohydrate Division (2009)
  • Eberly College of Arts and Science Outstanding Researcher Award (2007)
  • Woodburn Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Science (2006 & 2007)
  • WVU’s Dept. of Chemistry Outstanding Professor (2006)
  • Shanghai Normal University “Honored Professor” (Dec. 2005, 2010-2012)
  • Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator (Sept. 1999 to Aug. 2002)
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship (Jan. 1993 to Dec. 1994)
  • British Petroleum America Fellowship (Jan. 1991 to Dec. 1991)
  • National Need Fellowship (Jan. 1989 to Dec. 1989)
  • OSU Departmental Fellowship (Sept. 1987 to Aug. 1988)
  • American Chemical Society (1987 to present)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2012 to present)
  • Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (2015-2019)