My Summer as an Organic Chemist

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My research this summer has focused on finding novel routes to synthesize natural products. Natural products are chemical compounds that are produced by living organisms and are found to occur in nature. Typically, when extracted from their natural source, it is only possible to isolate small amounts of these natural products. This is why organic […]

Concise Synthesis and Biological Testing of Natural Products with Potential Anticancer Activity

Quinones are oxidation products of aromatic compounds. Quinones and derivatives thereof are known to show inhibitory properties in the mitochondrial complex I in the mammalian respiratory system. They bind to the active site and inhibit the enzymatic behavior of the mitochondrial complex I. Because complex I is linked to cancer survival, inhibition thereof has been […]