Christopher D. Spilling


SpillingProf. Dr. Christopher D. Spilling
University of Missouri-St. Louis, St Louis, USA

Tentative title of lecture: Synthesis of biologically active phosphorus-containing heterocycles





Christopher D. Spilling is Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Spilling received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology, Loughborough, England. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University before joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1989. He was promoted to associate professor in 1995 and professor in 2001. He served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2004-2015 and Chair of the Faculty Senate and University Assembly 2012-2014. During his 27+ years at UMSL, Prof Spilling returned briefly to UK for a one year sabbatical leave at Cambridge University (1996) working in association with Prof. S.V. Ley. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), a member of the American Chemical Society and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. He has published over 80 peer reviewed research papers and 10 patents. He was recipient of the 2009 St. Louis award for Chemistry (ACS), 2009 UM President’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service. In 2006, he co-founded Alkymos with Wesley Harris (UMSL), Robert Yokel (U of Kentucky), Robert Kuhn (UK) and Chang-Guo Zhan (UK). Prof. Spilling maintains an active, funded research program. His current research involves the design of catalysts for asymmetric phosphonylation, chemistry of hydroxy phosphonates, synthesis of metal chelators, natural products and enzyme inhibitors with applications in the treatment of TB, sepsis and Malaria. He serves on the board of director for Center for Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Expertise (Cortex) and Center for Emerging Technologies (CET).


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