5/24/18 Congrats to Laura Wonilowitz! She recieved the Biochemistry Department's 2018 Thomas O. Sitz Scholarship.

05/14/18 We welcome Justin Grams to the Santos group!

04/27/18 Three awards for the Santos group: Outstanding research (Russell Fritzemier), Graduate teacher (Ashley Gates), Undergrad research fellowship (Greg Traversa)

03/29/18 Congrats to Jose and Jacob for passing their prelims with flying colors!

01/01/18 We welcome 4 new first years to the group:

Jonathan Bowen (Wake Forest), Chris Garcia (Cal State), Daniel Foster (Purdue)& Connor Szwetkowski (Rider)

11/29/17 Beth's review on mitochondrial uncouplers is accepted in J. Med. Chem. Great job!

11/14/17 Congrats to the boss! His endowed A.C. Lilly Faculty fellowship is renewed.

9/13/17 We welcome postdoc Joe Salamoun! He comes from the Wipf group at Pitt.

9/11/17 Russell's trans silaboration of triple bonds is published in Chem. Eur. J. Fantastic work!

7/20/17 Our collaboration with the Ratajczak Lab has provided a role for Sphingosine kinase inhibitors in the egress of stem cells--oncogene.

7/12/17 Jessica's paper in using branched peptides as antimicrobials is accepted in ACS Med. Chem. Lett. Awesome job!

7/1/17 Congrats to Ashley Peralta for winning an ACS BIOL travel award.

6/22/17 Kuddos to Dr. Childress for successfully defending her dissertation. She is off to the Lindsley Lab at Vanderbilt University.

5/1/17 Congrats to Beth Childress for winning the dept of chemistry graduate research award!

4/14/17 Beth Childress's work on developing sphingosine kinase inhibitors is accepted in J. Med. Chem. Congrats!

4/5/17 Our twins (Eric Medici & Chris Sibley) passed their prelims. Woohoo!

3/14/17 Laura Wonilowicz was selected as an Amgen Scholar in UC Berkeley's Summer Research Program. Best of luck Laura!

3/6/17 Russell Fritzemeier and Ashley Gates passed their prelims. Well done!

3/2/17 Astha and Russell's work on transition metal-free diboration is published in Angew. Chemie. Congrats!

12/12/16 Congrats to the Santos lab! A seed grant to study sphingosine kinase inhibitors and multiple sclerosis was recently funded.

11/15/16 Congrats to Beth Childress for winning a student travel award from the lipids conference at SERCL.

11/9/16 Congratulations to Ashley Peralta and Yumin Dai for winning best poster at the VT Center for Drug Discovery Poster session.

10/27/16 Our latest PhD from the Santos Lab: Dr. Amanda Nelson. Congrats!!!

9/1/16 Jessica accepted a position at Merck Inc.

8/23/16 Molly Congdon accepted a postdoc position at NIH/NCI with Jeff Gildersleeve. Good luck!

8/19/16 Congrats to Cheryl Peck for receiving a College of Science Doctoral assistantship award!

8/19/16 Dr. Srinath Pashikanti moves to Idaho State University as an assistant professor. Best of luck Sri!

8/17/16 Cheryl's paper is highlighted in organic chemistry portal.

8/17/16 Thanks to NIH/NIGMS for funding our RO1 grant! Cheers to the Santos lab.

8/16/16 Our expert opinion on sphingosine kinase therapeutics is accepted for publication.

7/19/2016 Molly successfully defended her Ph.D. Congrats Dr. Congdon!!!

7/15/2016 Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Wynn for passing her Ph.D. defense with flying colors!

6/2/2016 Jessica's paper on inhibiting HIV-1 replication in cells is accepted in MedChemComm. Fantastic work Jess!

5/25/2016 Astha's chapter on copper-catalyzed organoboron cross-coupling has been accepted. Great job, Astha!

5/3/2016 Congrats to Sri, Joe, Chris, and Matt. Their hydrosilylation of allenes work in water is accepted by Org. Lett.

4/23/2016 Molly received a travel award from the ACS Med Chem division to attend the ACS meeting in Philly this fall. Awesome Molly!

4/22/2016 Amanda and Cheryl's borylation of alkynoates and alkynamides in water is accepted in JOC. Great job to both!

4/22/2016 Congrats to Molly Congdon for winning an outstanding graduate research award!

4/5/16 Undergrad Laura Wonilowicz won a Fralin Summer Fellowship to work in our lab this summer. Well done Laura!

4/4/16 Jessica's paper regarding branched peptide boronic acids is accepted at Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. Great Job!

3/22/16 Beth Childress was selected for a prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award. Congrats and well done!

3/14/16 Congratulations to Molly! Her sphingosine kinase work is featured on the front cover of ACS. Med. Chem. Lett.

3/1/16 Dr. Astha Verma leaves the lab for a job at KBI Biopharma. Best of luck!

2/15/16 We welcome two first year students: Chris Sibley and Eric Medici.

2/3/16 Molly's naphthalene-based Sphingosine Kinase inhibitors is available online at ACS Med. Chem. Lett. Congrats Molly!

12/7/15 Beth Childress won a CCG Research Excellence Student Travel Award from the Division of Medicinal Chemistry-ACS. Congrats!

11/6/15 Congratulations to Beth Childress and Jessica Wynn for winning awards during VT's Center for Drug Discovery Poster Session!

10/01/15 Prof. Santos is now a fellow of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).

8/26/15 Congrats to Beth Childress for receiving a College of Science Doctoral assistantship award!

8/4/15 Congrats to Emily, Molly, and team sphingosine kinase for their hard work. The in vivo effects of inhibitors is published in JPET.

7/24/15 Emily Morris recently accepted a teaching position at Manassas Park High School. Woohoo!

7/15/15 Alumni Matthew Nguyen will be attending VCU Medical School this fall. Congrats Matt!

7/1/15 Thanks to ARDRAF for funding our work with sphingosine kinase and Alzheimer's Disease.

6/22/15 Jessica Wynn receives a travel award from the BIOL division of the ACS. Great job!

6/11/15 Joe Calderone's paper dealing with mitochondrial uncouplers for the treatment of diabetes is accepted in BMCL. Congrats!

6/11/15 Fulbright scholar, Amanda Nelson, is highlighed in VT news!

4/28/15 Jessica's review of branched peptide is published in Org. Biomol. Chem. Congrats!

4/25/15 Congratulations to Amanda Nelson for receiving a Fulbright Scholarship! She will be spending a year in Germany with Todd Marder.

3/16/15 Congratulations to Molly on her work with the SAR of sphingosine kinases, which is published in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.!

3/12/15 Cheryl's paper on aqueous borylation of alkynoates is published in Synthesis. Congrats!

3/03/15 Xi and Amanda's paper regarding unsymmetrical diboration is published in ACS Catalysis. Well done!

2/04/15 Neeraj and Emily's selective inhibitors of SphKs is published in J. Med. Chem. Congrats!

1/08/15 Congratulations to Jessica Wynn for receiving a graduate school doctoral assistantship award.

11/20/14 Our review of sphingosine kinases appears in ACS Chemical Biology.

11/6/14 Congratulations to Dr. Xi Guo for passing her dissertation defense. Fantastic job!

10/15/14 Dr. Santos is a recipient of Fralin/ICTAS Innovator's Award from Virginia Tech.

9/30/14 Dr. Santos is named as Cliff and Agnes Faculty Fellow.

8/25/14 Dr. Santos presents at IME Boron Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

7/16/14 Joe Calderone's Angewandte paper is highlighted in SynFacts. Great job Joe!

6/25/14 Ashley Peralta joins the Santos group.

6/20/14 Jessica Wynn won second prize oral presentation at BORAM XIV, an international meeting of boron chemists. Congrats!

5/17/14 Congratulations to our recent graduates. Dr. Wenyu Zhang will be a postdoc at NIH with Dr. Kuan Wang. Matt Nguyen will be a postbac researcher with Dr. Sidransky at NIH.

4/25/14 Congratulations to the Santos Lab. Award winners from the Chemistry Dept:

Outstanding graduate research: Wenyu Zhang

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Molly Congdon

Second Place Poster Winner: Matthew Nguyen

Summer Research: Sean Rafferty

Schug Research Award: Webster Santos












4/4/14 Joe Calderone successfully defended his Masters thesis.

3/31/14 Cheryl Peck passes her prelim exam. Great job!

3/27/14 Joe Calderone receives a certificate and honorarium as the college of science Outstanding Masters Student.

3/27/14 Beth Childress passes her prelim exam. Great job!

3/26/14 Dr. Srinath Pashikanti from the University of Kansas joins the lab.

3/21/14 Wenyu Zhang successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Zhang!

3/13/14 Congratulations to Joe Calderone for winning Outstanding Masters Thesis from the College of Science. Woohoo!

2/14/14 The Santos Lab was featured in VT News. Click here.

1/30/14 Molly is interning at SphynKx Therapeutics. Good luck!!!

1/29/14 Joe Calderone recently accepted a job at Yokohama Tire Co. Congrats!!!

1/25/14 Joe's work dealing with diastereodivergent silylation is accepted in Angewandte Chemie.

1/22/14 Matt Nguyen was recognized as a James Lewis Howe Awardee. Congratulations!

1/2/14 Prof. Santos was elected as alternate councilor of the Biological Chemistry division of the ACS.

12/10/13 We welcome two new first years to the group: Russell Snead from VCU and Hao Li from Beijing.

11/26/13 A touch of VT: Fighting fibrosis in the Santos lab--here's a podcast.

11/7/13 Our group was recently highlighted in VT News!

10/18/13 Congrats to Matt Nguyen for being a semi-finalist for the McKnight Prize in Chemistry!

10/1/13 The Santos Lab just received funding from NSF/IUPAC. Congratulations to the group!

9/19/13 Prof. Santos's reappointment as the first Blackwood Faculty Fellow of Lifesciences by the board of Visitors is approved. Click here for highlight.

9/13/13 The Santos lab just received funding from NIGMS. Congratulations to all!

9/4/13 Congratulations to Emily Morris for passing her prelim!!!

8/31/13 What an awesome group event! Kayaking/canoeing down the New River. See pictures here.

8/29/13 Analyn's work on cationic polythiophene as nucleic acid responsive polymer is accepted in Polymer Chemistry. Congratulations! Analyn is a visiting international scholar from the Philippines.

8/28/13 Our branched peptide boronic acid targeting folded RNA is featured on the front cover of OBC. Well done RNA team!!!

8/1/13 Wenyu, David, Jason and Jess's manuscript characterizing the interaction of a branched peptide and RNA is published in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Congrats!

7/16/13 A Santos Lab baby is born: Norah Gao. Congratulations to Ming and Ruilan Gao!

8/27/12 Dr. Mithun Raje secures a postdoctoral position with Prof. Takashi Tsukamoto at Johns Hopkins. Good luck!

8/21/12 Prof. Santos presents at the Young Investigator Symposium at the ACS conference in Philadelphia.

8/21/12 Joe Calderone gives a talk about his beta silylation protocol at the ACS conference in Philadelphia.

7/31/12 Congratulations to Dr. Jason Crumpton. He will start as an assistant professor of chemistry at Lynchburg College. Well done!

7/17/12 Joe's paper on aqueous silylation is highlighted in Synfacts (2012, 8, 781). Congrats Joe!

7/10/12 Mithun's paper describing selective sphingosine kinase 2 inhibitor SLR080811's role in lowering S1P level in mice is published in Biochemical Journal. Great Job!

7/7/12 The Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery is official! Click here for more info.

7/1/12 Dr. Mithun Raje started as a postdoc in the Carlier group while Dr. Brandon Thorpe assumed principal scientist role at SphynKx Therapeutics. Good luck to both of you!

6/1/12 Best of luck to Dr. David Bryson who joins Prof. David Liu as a postdoc fellow at Harvard University.

5/30/12 We welcome James Gumkowski as a Fralin Summer Undergrad Research Fellow. He comes to us from Muhlenberg College.

5/20/12 Analyn Carreon, a visiting scholar from the Philippines, has arrived!

4/30/12 Congratulations to Julie Ta for winning 1st place in the undergraduate research poster session.

4/23/12 The reagent developed in our lab, PDIPA diboron, is now in the "electronic Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (eROS)". The article is contributed by Brandon Thorpe.

January 16, 2012

Congratulations to Wenyu Zhang for winning the Keyser and Johnson Travel Scholarship!

January 10, 2012

Ken's paper describing the effect of alkyl chain on sphingosine kinase selectivity was recently accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. Great job Ken!

January 9, 2012

We welcome two first year students: Emily Morris and Joe Calderone. Emily joins us from Bridgewater College and Joe was an undergrad from our lab.

January 5, 2012

Dr. Santos was interviewed by ACS Chemical Biology about their recent paper. The recording will be part of their upcoming podcast.

December 20, 2011

Diamond on DNA? Jason's paper on 'clicking' diamondoids with DNA was just accepted in Chemical Communications. Congratulations!

December 15, 2011


November 7, 2011

Mithun's paper toward inhibiting sphingosine kinase 2 was recently accepted in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. Great job Mithun!

October 11, 2011

Davids work towards inhibiting protein-RNA interactions using branched peptides was recently published in ACS Chemical Biology. Well done David!

October 1, 2011

Ming and Brandon's sp2-sp3 diboron work was highlighted in SynFacts. Congrats Ming and Brandon!

April 14, 2011

Congratulations to two of our undergrad researcher-graduates, Joe Calderone & Leah Heist. Both won academic excellence awards. In addition, Joe received an Undergrad Research Award and won 1st place in the undergrad poster session. Leah won the James Lewis Howe Award!

April 14, 2011

Dr. Ming Gao's work on the structure and reactivity of sp2-sp3 diboron was published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

April 1, 2011

Jing and Mike's paper on deprotection of alkylpinacolates was published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

March 30, 2011

Jason and Wenyu's paper on sequencing branched peptide boronic acids was recently published in Analytical Chemistry. Congratulations!

Jan 2, 2011

The Santos lab welcomes three new first years: Amanda, Jessica and Molly.

Aug 30, 2010

Prof. Santos was appointed the "Blackwood Junior Faculty Fellow of Life Sciences" at Virginia Tech.

Aug 19, 2010

Mithun Raje and Webster will present their work at the ACS conference in Boston.

Aug 10, 2010

Congratulations to Brandon Thorpe! His paper was recently accepted in Chemical Communications.

May 13, 2010

Knott's paper was recently accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Congratulations Ken! His paper is selected as part of a special "chemical biology" themed issue.

May 5, 2010

Jing Sun successfully defended her Masters. Congratulations!

April 28, 2010

Congratulations to David Bryson and Jason Crumpton for successfully passing the ORP!
April 13, 2010
Congratulations to Michael Perfetti for winning the outstanding graduate teaching award.

April 1, 2010

Congratulations to Leah Heist for receiving the John B. and Susan Hopper Harvie Scholarship and the Walter B. Ellet Scholarship

December 15, 2009

Xi Guo, a first year student, joins the group! Welcome Xi!

December 9 , 2009

Michael Perfetti successfully defended his Thesis. Congratulations Mike!

August 25, 2009

Undergraduates, Joseph Calderone and Leah Heist, joined the group.

July 13 , 2009

Dr. Ming Gao's paper entitled "sp2−sp3 Hybridized Mixed Diboron: Synthesis, Characterization, and Copper-Catalyzed β-Boration of α,β-Unsaturated Conjugated Compounds" was recently published in Organic Letters. Great job Ming!

July 1 , 2009

David Bryson's paper entitled "Screening of a branched peptide library with HIV-1 TAR RNA" was recently published in Molecular Biosystems--Emerging Investigator Issue.

July 1 , 2009

Congratulations to Ryan Stephens for winning the Arthur G. Meakin Scholarship.

May 16, 2009


Congratulations to Wes Morris for winning the James Lewis Howe Award!

May 13, 2009

Leah Morgan Santos was born! Welcome!

April 29, 2009

Congratulations to Mithun Raje for passing the ORP!

March 18, 2009

Congratulations to David Bryson for passing the prelim exam!

March 17, 2009

Congratulations to Jason Crumpton for passing the prelim exam!

January 5, 2009

Wenyu Zhang and Brandon Thorpe join the group. Welcome!

August 25, 2008

Allison Pagano and Ryan Stephens join the group. Welcome!

May 4-7, 2008

Professor Santos attended the NIH Mentoring workshop in Dallas, TX

May, 2008

Undergraduate, Wes Morris, was awarded the Hypercube Scholar Award, Undergraduate Research Award and 2007-08 Chemistry Scholarship. Congratulations Wes!!!

January 12, 2008

Professor Santos was the invited speaker at Nagoya University's Global Center for Excellence.

January 7-11, 2008

Professor Santos presented and moderated a session during the Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences in Manila, Philippines

December 20, 2007

Welcome new first year students: Jing Sun, Jason Crumpton and David Bryson!

November 5 , 2007

Congratulations to Michael Perfetti for winning first place during the Dean's forum on Health and Nutrition .

July 9, 2007

Jing Sun joins our group in the summer.

May 17, 2007

Jason Crumpton joins our group in the summer.

May 6, 2007

Evan Julius joins our group in the summer.

May 4, 2007

Steven Thorpe and Wes Morris will be joining our group in the fall '07.

April 28, 2007

Prof. Santos is now a research faculty member at the Edward Via Virginia College of Ostheopathic Medicine

December 13, 2006

Michael Perfetti, Ken Knott and Mithun Raje join the group. Welcome to the group!

November 3, 2006

Daniel Shook, a third year undergraduate, joins the group.

April 25, 2006

Professor Santos will be attending the Bioorganic Chemistry Gordon Conference in Oxford University in the United Kingdom (July 31st-Aug 5th).

March 22, 2006

Professor Santos is moving to Virginia Tech on August 10.