Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Undergraduate Research
B.S., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Ron Pongdee received a B.S. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M University working with Dr. Gary A. Sulikowski. He then elected to pursue postdoctoral studies in mechanistic enzymology at The University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Professor Hung-wen Liu. His research interests lie within two main areas: (1) the design and development of natural products as new antibacterial and/or anticancer agents for drug discovery purposes and (2) the mechanistic elucidation of novel enzyme catalyzed reactions involved in the biosynthesis of various secondary metabolites containing interesting biological profiles. Students in his research group receive an interdisciplinary training spanning the areas of Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Organic Chemistry. At Sewanee, Ron teaches both the lecture and laboratory components of the Organic Chemistry sequence (CH 201/202).
To learn more about Pongdee and his research visit Pongdee Research Group.