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Jonathan Ellman, PhD

Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology

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Jonathan Ellman, PhD



Jon was born and raised near Los Angeles and received his B.S. degree at MIT and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and subsequently joined the faculty at the same institution. Prior to coming to Yale University, he was Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and jointly held a faculty position in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UC San Francisco. He has published more than 290 research articles on the application of chemistry to biomedical research.

Education & Training

  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of California at Berkeley (1992)
  • PhD
    Harvard University, Chemistry (1989)
  • BS
    MIT, Chemistry (1984)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Member, American Academy of Arts and SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences2016
Yale Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural SciencesYale University2016
Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic MethodsAmerican Chemical Society2012
GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award2010
Pedler AwardRoyal Society of Chemistry2010
Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science2006
Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry2006
Scheele AwardSwedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences2003
Achievement AwardSociety of Biomolecular Screening2003
Arthur C. Cope Scholar AwardAmerican Chemical Society2000
New Initiatives in Malaria Research AwardBurroughs Wellcome Foundation1997
Hitchings Award for Drug Design and DiscoveryBurroughs Wellcome Foundation1993

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