John L. Wood, PhD

  • Recruited to: Baylor University
  • Recruited from: Colorado State University
  • Award: Established Investigator

Dr. John L. Wood received a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 under the direction of Amos B. Smith, III.  In 1991 he moved to Harvard University as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow and continued studying natural products synthesis in the laboratories of Stuart Schreiber.  He joined the faculty at Yale University in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 1998.  In 2006, Professor Wood moved from Yale to join the faculty at Colorado State University as the Albert I. Meyers Professor of Chemistry.  In 2013 Professor Wood moved to Baylor University where he is currently the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Scholar.

Dr. Wood received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award in 1993, an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award in 1994, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, an Eli Lilly Young Faculty Award in 1996, a Glaxo-Wellcome Chemistry Scholar Award in 1996, and a Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Award in 1997.  He was the Parke-Davis Distinguished Michigan Lecturer in 1997 and received a Novartis Chemistry Lectureship and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1997.  He served as the guest editor for the Tetrahedron Symposium in Print on Synthetic Methods V and as a visiting Professor at the University of Auckland.  In 1998 Professor Wood was the recipient of research awards from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Yamanouchi USA foundation, and received the Zeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award.  In 2000 Professor Wood received a Merck Faculty Award and in 2001 he was awarded The Kitasato Intistute’s  Microbial Chemistry Medal.  He was invited to the executive board of editors for Tetrahedron publications in 2002 and is associate-editor for Tetrahedron Letters.  Professor Wood was named as a 2004 Cope Scholar by the American Chemical Society, a Fellow to the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 2008 and received the Katritzky Award from the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemists in 2009. In 2011 Professor Wood was elected to the Board of Editors for Organic Syntheses. In 2013 Professor Wood was recruited as a CPRIT Scholar to Baylor University where he will continue developing strategies for the synthesis of anti cancer agents.