Research Interests:

  • Marine Biomedicine and Biotechnology
  • Microbial Genomics and Metabolomics
  • Natural Product Drug Discovery
  • Natural Toxins and Pollutants
  • Synthetic Biology


  • B.S., University of Hawaii
  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Postdoc, University of Zurich

Awards and Honors:

1992-1994                   NIH Predoctoral Training Fellowship in Biotechnology

1999-2002                   ACS-PRF Type G Award

2001                            Matt Suffness Award, American Society of Pharmacognosy

2010                            Novartis Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute

                                    of Technology

2010                            Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry

2013                            Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society

2013-2014                   President, American Society of Pharmacognosy

2014                            Chair, Marine Natural Products Gordon Research Conference

2017                            Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

2018                            Natural Product Chemistry Award, Royal Society of Chemistry