Amino Acids Focus of Research Professor's Talk at SWOSU on November 1

Dr. Vidim Soloshonok 

Dr. Vadim Soloshonok, research professor at the University of Basque Country and visiting professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook, will give a seminar at Southwestern Oklahoma State University this Thursday, November 1.

The free seminar, sponsored by the SWOSU Department of Chemistry and Physics, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Chemistry Pharmacy and Physics (CPP) Building on the Weatherford campus.

The seminar is entitled “Aspects of Practicality in the Asymmetric Synthesis of a-Amino Acids.”  The public is invited.

Dr. Soloshonok graduated from Kiev State University in 1983 prior to receiving his Ph.D. from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.  After receiving his Ph.D., Soloshonok continued to expand and hone his skills in the area of asymmetric organic synthesis and fluorine chemistry through various Postdoctoral and Visiting Professor Appointments in Italy, Japan, and at the University of Arizona before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma.

He is currently serving as a member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, Synthesis Field Editor for the journal Amino Acids, and served as the chair of the Fluorine Division of the American Chemical Society (2010).  His research contributions have yielded more than 200 research articles, 10 book chapters and nine patents.

Professor Soloshonok will share some of the recent advances, from his laboratory, concerning the asymmetric synthesis of unnatural a-amino acids.  While this seminar will focus on new synthetic methodologies for the preparation of a-amino acids, the seminar may appeal to a broader audience given the potential applications of the unnatural a-amino acids, especially in the development of stable peptide/peptidomimetic pharmaceutical agents.