Alexander Kornienko was born in the small Arctic town of Vorkuta, Russia, in 1971. He studied polymer chemistry at Mendeleev University in Moscow, and then moved to the United States, where he received his Ph. D. in synthetic organic chemistry working with Professor Marc d’Alarcao at Tufts University in 1999. After a two-year postdoctoral stay with Professor Stephen Hanessian at the University of Montreal, working on the synthesis of novel aminoglycoside antibiotics, he started his independent career as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New Mexico Tech in 2001 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Chemistry Department Chair in 2011. His research interests encompass broad areas of synthetic organic, biological and medicinal chemistry. Projects in his laboratory include the development of practical syntheses of natural products and their analogues, discovery of novel synthetic methodology and rational design, synthesis and biological evaluation of synthetic compound libraries based on natural product scaffolds.
Biography Updated on 1 April 2012