University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemistry




Dave Martin
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry


University of British Columbia, B.Sc. in Chemistry (2005)
University of California, Irvine - Ph.D. in Chemistry (2011)
Princeton University - Postdoc. (2011 - 2014)

Phone O/L: (951) 827-
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Research Overview

Research in the Martin lab focusses on the development of new catalytic transformations and novel strategies for bond activation. Our goal is to identify reactions that are broadly useful, efficient and provide new avenues for the synthesis of structurally complex natural products and pharmaceutical agents. We continue to find inspiration both through the identification of bioactive natural product targets, and through consideration of larger problems where organic chemistry is poised to offer practical solutions (eg. degradation and selective functionalization of biomass). Another major focus of the lab is to explore general approaches to families of natural products where promising biological activity has been reported, in particular in the area of neuroregenerative and neuroprotective molecules. In addition to chemical synthesis, we are pursuing studies of their mechanism of action and initiate collaborative studies where appropriate. We currently have active collaborations with researchers in the Departments of Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, and the UCR School of Medicine.


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences
501 Big Springs Road

Tel: (951) 827-3789 (Chair's Assistant)
Fax: (951) 827-2435 (confidential)