David Sarlah

 David Sarlah

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
270 RAL, Box 107-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Professor Sarlah received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Ljubljana in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute in 2011. Following a postdoctoral stay at ETH Zürich, he joined the faculty at Illinois in 2014. His research interests span from the synthesis of complex, biologically active natural products and the related chemical biology to methodology development.

Research Interests

  • synthesis of natural products and the related chemical biology; methodology development; asymmetric catalysis

Research Description

Central to our research program is the advancement of the science of synthesis. We are involved in natural products chemistry and synthesis, reaction innovation and design including asymmetric catalysis. We aim to provide new solutions to the problems encountered at the frontline of organic synthesis that benefit chemistry and enable advances in the allied fields of chemical biology, material science, and medicine.

Distinctions / Awards

  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar, 2020-2024
  • 2019 Eli Lilly Grantee Award
  • 2019 Amgen Young Investigator Award
  • 2019 BMS Unrestricted Grant Award in Synthetic Chemistry
  • 2019 Grammaticakis-Neumann Award
  • 2017 Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar by the College of LAS
  • 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
  • 2017 NSF CAREER Award
  • Hoffmann-La Roche Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry, 2011
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship, 2010