Nicos A. Petasis

University of Southern California Los Angeles, USA

Nicos A. Petasis is the Harold E. & Lillian M. Moulton Chair and Professor of chemistry and pharmacology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Petasis received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has faculty appointments in the Department of Chemistry and Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute of USC Dornsife, the USC School of Pharmacy, and the USC School of Medicine, where he is a Member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests span from synthetic organic chemistry to medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. He has discovered several novel and widely used synthetic methods, including a boron-mediated multicomponent process for the synthesis of amines, amino acids, and amino alcohol derivatives. Petasis has been a leading researcher studying the chemistry, chemical biology, and medicinal applications of new polyunsaturated lipid mediators involved in the resolution of inflammation, including lipoxins, resolvins, protectins, and maresins. He has also developed new concepts and chemical biology tools leading to the discovery of novel therapeutics for inflammation, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. His work has been recognized with several awards, including the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, the Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, and the 2009 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2013.

Biography Updated on 20 May 2014

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