Department of Chemistry
Todd Wehr Chemistry, 101
1414 W Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Wehr Chemistry Building, 633MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America(414) firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Clark Lab
Ph.D., University at Buffalo
B.S., St. John Fisher College
The Clark Group engages in new reaction discovery to enable the synthesis of novel pharmaceuticals and natural products. At the core of our research program is the development of selective transition metal-catalyzed reactions. Researchers will be involved in reaction discovery, ligand/catalyst synthesis, ligand/catalyst optimization, reaction optimization and reaction development with the ultimate goal of applying new organic transformations to complex molecule synthesis. Furthermore, we will engage in understanding the reactivity and selectivity principles guiding our reactions. This will facilitate the transformation of new reaction discovery into practical methods for modern organic synthesis.
Joseph Clark was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He attended St. John Fisher College where he studied new transformations with benzene oxide under the direction of Professor Daniel Piccolo, graduating with a B.S. in chemistry in 2008. Continuing his interest in organic chemistry method development and catalysis, he completed a Ph.D. in June of 2014 in the research group of Professor Steven T. Diver at the University at Buffalo. While under the direction of Professor Diver, he developed new methods for the synthesis of 1,3 dienes. Joseph was awarded both the Speyer and Silbert graduate fellowships for excellence in research along with the Mattern-Tyler award for excellence in teaching. He joined Professor M. Christina White’s group in September of 2014 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked on developing new base metal-catalyzed methods for intermolecular C—H functionalization. While in the White group he received a NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship. Joseph joined the chemistry faculty at Marquette University in August of 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys running, biking, playing tennis, golf and racquetball during his free time.