Andrew was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked at Badger Liquor for 1 year while attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research advisor was Dr. Steve Burke. After graduating with his bachelors degree in 1999, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin. His advisor at Austin was Dr. Philip Magnus. Andrew then transferred to the University of Virginia in January of 2002.
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Current research projects involve the transformation of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine into N-acetyl-D-galactosamine.
Future areas of research involve Grubb's catalyst mediated metathesis reactions. The Grubb's catalyst is a second generation catalyst developed at the C.I.T. It is often used for synthesis of trisubstituted alkenes through olefin cross-metathesis (1).
We hope to use a metathesis reaction to couple various carbohydrates to amino acids, as well as develop new methods for obtaining substituted vinyl C-glycosides. Such glycosides can be used in the synthesis of large biologically active glycopeptides and also involve interesting chemistry in their syntheses.
1. Organic Letters, 1999 1, 953