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Professor Sarlah received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Ljubljana in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute in 2011. Following a postdoctoral stay at ETH Zürich, he joined the faculty at Illinois in 2014. His research interests span from the synthesis of complex, biologically active natural products and the related chemical biology to methodology development.

Research Interests

synthesis of natural products and the related chemical biology; methodology development; asymmetric catalysis

Professional Information

Central to our research program is the advancement of the science of synthesis. We are involved in natural products chemistry and synthesis, reaction innovation and design including asymmetric catalysis. We aim to provide new solutions to the problems encountered at the frontline of organic synthesis that benefit chemistry and enable advances in the allied fields of chemical biology, material science, and medicine.

Honors & Awards

2021 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

2020 KYOTO Rising-Star Lectureship Award

2020 FMC New Investigator Award

American Cancer Society Research Scholar, 2020-2024

2019 Eli Lilly Grantee Award

2019 Amgen Young Investigator Award

2019 BMS Unrestricted Grant Award in Synthetic Chemistry

2019 Grammaticakis-Neumann Award

2017 Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar by the College of LAS

2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

2017 NSF CAREER Award


Office Address

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
270 RAL, Box 107-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

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