Research in the Franz group combines organic synthesis, catalysis, and chemical biology with applications for the synthesis of bioactive products, biofuels, and materials. [click here to read more]

  • June 2013

    Ben, Jake, and Emily's spirocarbamate oxindole paper is published online in Organic Letters!

    Joe presents his research at the High Throughput Chemistry and Chemical Biology Gordon Research Conference.

    The Franz group is on a winning streak in our second annual paintball tournament!

  • May 2013

    Lisa and Diana are featured in the ACS Chemical Biology "Introducing Our Authors." Check out the link here.

    Lisa and Kate present their research at the Larock Undergraduate Conference. Great job!

    Welcome to Carlos Ribeiro, a visiting PhD student from the Research Institute for Medicines and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

    Annaliese is selected for the 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Consortium for Women and Research. Congratulations!

  • April 2013

    Brent and Kate present their research at the Undergraduate Research Conference!

    Our algae project has been featured in many blogs lately! Here are two of our favorite blog articles: "Yo, Algae: Take two and call me in the morning" from Biofuels Digest, and "From green glop to jet fuel" from Progressive Charleston.

    Work from Diana's poster presented at the spring ACS conference in New Orleans is featured in the April 15th issue of C&E News! Check out the article here.

    Our algae project is highlighted in Eat Drink Explore's "Sunday/Funday: Tea, Earth Day, Artichokes, Science of Cooking" radio show! Check out the video below for the radio interview.

    Ben and Diana present their research at the spring ACS Conference in New Orleans, LA.

    Our algae project is featured in the campus news! The article focuses on our recent algae paper in ACS Chemical Biology. Check out the news article, and see our commentary about the project in the video below.

    Lisa presents a poster about her research at the IGPS Sympsosium on campus and receives the Second Place People's Choice Award for Best Poster! Congratulations Lisa!

  • March 2013

    Megan, Diana, Lisa and Jordan's algae paper is published online in ACS Chemical Biology!

    Brent, Elisa, Jake, Nick, and Sean present their research at the Miller Symposium, and the group gets to spend some time with Professor Houk.

    Nick, Joe, and Professor Houk

  • February 2013

    Diana presents her research at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function in Galveston, TX.

  • January 2013

    The group attends fire extinguisher training and has a blast!

    Franz group at Fire Training

    Welcome to our newest and youngest group member! Baby Alannah was born on January 21st at 4:16AM, weighing 6 lbs 6 oz.

    Our review on medicinally relevant organosilicon molecules is published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry! Check out the Publications page for a list of our most recent publications.

    Congratulations to Dr. Nadine Hanhan! She starts the new Franz group tradition of banging the gong to celebrate her graduation!

    Nadine and the gong Franz Group, 2013

    Welcome new graduate students Brittany Armstrong and Christopher Oulton, and congratulations to Sarah Tang for continuing work in the group as a new graduate student!

  • December 2012

    Congratulations to Sean Wilson for receiving the 2013 GAANN Fellowship!

  • October 2012

    Lisa and Diana present their research on chemical genetics at the California Institute for Agricultural and Food Research Conference.

  • September 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Megan Danielewicz!

    Megan's Celebration 1

  • August 2012

    Nick Ball-Jones & Lisa Anderson present their research at the Fall ACS Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

    Lisa and her Poster Lisa and Nick with Avogadro

    Nadine's and Sarah's enantioselective oxindole allylation is highlighted in SYNFACTS issue 8/12!

    Taewoo's cover art is featured in the ACS Catalysis August 3rd issue! Click on the image for the link to the issue. Also don't forget to check out the Publications page to see all of our recent publications!

  • July 2012

    Welcome new summer research students: Andres Rosales (ACS Project SEED), Emily Allen (NSF REU) and Tuong Pham (NSF CBST)!

    Joe Badillo presents his research at the DOC Graduate Research Symposium!

    Congratulations to Dr. Taewoo Min, the first Franz group PhD!

    taewoo franzgroup photo for Taewoo's Champagne toast

  • June 2012

    Congratulations to our graduating seniors from the Franz group: Abel, Catherine, Jordan, Sabrina, Sarah and Trang!

  • May 2012

    Catherine, Trang and Brent present their research at the 2012 Larock Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Davis - well done!

    Congratulations to Lisa Anderson for receiving a WCC Eli Lilly Travel Award to present her research at the August 2012 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA!

    Hands-on chemistry demonstrations for green chemistry, catalysis, and biotechnology at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Event! Thanks to all of the graduate and undergraduate students who brought their chemistry expertise as volunteers and role models!

    franzgroup volunteering at girscouts 100th anniversary

  • April 2012

    Our silanediol research is featured in Chemistry and Engineering News (April 16 issue)!

    Annaliese is featured in Chemistry and Engineering News for her Rising Star Award (April 23 issue)!

    Andres Rosales receives the Distinguished Scholar Award from Dixon High School and Lisa Anderson is honored as a Distinguished Mentor!

    Nadine's and Sarah's oxindole paper is published in Organic Letters!

  • March 2012

    Sean, Joe, Nadine, Abel and Andres present their research at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Congratulations to Abel Silva for receiving the ACS DOC Undergraduate Travel Award! Sean Wilson and Nadine Hanhan receive travel awards from the GSA and WRC at UC Davis!

    Jake, Joe, Abel and Gary publish their spirooxindole paper in ACS Combinatorial Science!

    Jake McDonald receives an Honorable Mention Award for the 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - nice work!

    Annaliese is selected for the DOC Young Academic Investigators Symposium at the Fall ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

    Lisa and Diana present their research studying algae lipids at the 2012 Biotechnology Training Retreat in Napa, CA.

    Our first annual group paintball tournament!

    franzgroup at paintball

  • January 2012

    Welcome new graduate students John Schreiber and Kayla Diemoz!

  • December 2011

    Our most recent spirooxindole paper is published in Angew. Chem. and more silanediol catalysis is published in Organic Letters! Check out the Publications page for more details. Elisa's oxindole paper is highlighted in SYNFACTS issue 1/12!

    Jordan Boothe recieves a 2012 Presidental Undergraduate Fellowship for his research - congratulations!

    Check out the UC Davis Undergraduate Chemistry facebook page to see the YouTube videos that students made for CHE 8B and vote for your favorite in the extra credit competition. For more details, also see Annaliese's article in J. Chem. Educ. about "Organic Chemistry YouTube Writing Assignment for Large Lecture Classes."

  • October 2011

    Elisa's paper is published in Organic Letters!

    Andres Rosales receives a travel award from the ACS Sacramento Local Section to present his research from ACS Project SEED at the Spring 2012 ACS meeting in San Diego - congratulations!

    Congrats to Nicolas Ball-Jones for receiving a GAANN Fellowship!

  • September 2011

    A busy summer of submitting and publishing papers! Check out the Publications page for 5 new papers, and more on the way!

    Annaliese receives the 2012 WCC Rising Star Award, in the inaugural class for this ACS award!

  • August 2011

    Ngon, Taewoo and Elisa present their research at the Denver ACS National Meeting. Great Job!

    Denver acs photo denver acs mole photo

    Welcome to undergraduates Jordan Boothe and Brent Hiramoto who started research in our lab this summer!

  • July 2011

    Welcome to high school scholars Kayla Ostiller with the UC Davis Young Scholars Program and Andres Rosales with ACS Project SEED, who are performing research in our lab this summer!

    Catherine Pham recieves a 2011 Presidental Undergraduate Fellowship for her research - congratulations!

  • April 2011

    Lisa receives an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, now our 2nd in the group! Well done!

    Diana and Lisa present their research studying lipids at the 2011 Biotechnology Training Retreat in Napa, CA.

  • March 2011

    Nadine receives the 2011 R. Bryan Miller Graduate Fellowship. Well done!

    Undergraduates Sarah Tang and Trang Nguyen are studying and collaborating with researchers at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan as part of our new Quarter Abroad Program for Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

    Welcome to Catherine Pham, Sabrina Zenad and Trang Nguyen, new undergraduates joining the group!

  • January 2011

    Happy New Year and welcome new graduate students Ben Shupe and Jacob MacDonald, and undergraduate Sarah Tang! Here's one of our new group photos with most of the crew:

    group photo jumping

  • December 2010

    Joe and Gary's Org. Lett. paper is published online!

    We move into our renovated lab space!

    Abel Silva receives the 2010-2011 Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority Chemist Fellowship - congrats!

    Annaliese travels with six other faculty to Taipei to visit Academia Sinica for the 2010 Bilateral Research Conference and the start of our new Quarter Abroad Program for Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

  • Summer 2010

    Welcome to a few new faces: undergraduate Kami Sheikon, and also to Kate Gibson and Jack Taylor who join the lab as part of the UC Davis Young Scholars Program - Welcome! Congrats to Aziza for receiving one of the first M.S. degrees in the new UC Davis integrated B.S./M.S. Pharmacuetical Chemistry Program, and Andrew is off to medical school!

  • May 2010

    Congrats to Joseph Badillo for receiving a prestigious NSF Graduate Resaerch Fellowship!

    Casey Wong recieves a 2010 Presidental Undergraduate Fellowship for her research, and then also wins the 2010 NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Undergraduate Award in Medicinal Chemistry - Double Congrats!

    Great job to our Casey, Abel and Gary presenting in the Larock Symposium, and a special congrats to Gary for winning 1st place for his enthusiastic presentation on "Stereoselective Synthesis of Biologically-Relevant Spirocyclic Oxindoles"

    Our Angew. Chem. paper is highlighted in SYNFACTS issue 4/10!

  • January 2010

    Welcome new graduate students Lisa Anderson, Nicholas Ball-Jones, Elisa Gutierrez and Sean Wilson! We also welcome new undergraduates Casey Wong and Andrew Lu.

    Congrats to Ngon Tran and Elisa Gutierrez for receiving GAANN Fellowships!

    Our Angew. Chem. paper is online and in print!

  • November 2009

    Nadine, Aziza and Toby's paper is accepted into Angew. Chem. - Congrats!

  • October 2009

    Undergraduates Abel Silva and Gary Arevalo join the group - welcome!

  • September 2009

    First Franz group Adventure day - kayaking Baldwin Beach and hiking Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

    kayak group photo 2009

  • Summer 2009

    Sean Wilson and Jared Moore join the lab for a summer research rotation - Welcome!

    Skye Kelty joins the lab as part of the UC Davis Young Scholars Program - Welcome!

    Annaliese and Ngon attend the 4th Annual 3M Science and Engineering Faculty Day Symposium.

    Group photo (May 2009)

    summer 2009 group photo

  • January 2009

    Annaliese receives the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

    Welcome new first year graduate students Joe Badillo, Kaleb Jentzsch and Diana Wong!

  • November 2008

    Exciting News - we receive a grant from Chevron Technology Ventures for Megan's Biofuel Project!

    Congratulations to Nadine for receiving a WCC Eli Lilly Travel Award for the March 2009 ACS meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nadine will present her research for the catalytic enantioselective synthesis of oxindole products.

  • Summer 2008

    Graduate student Megan Danielewicz and undergraduate David Lam join the group, and Kaleb Jantzsch joins us for a summer research rotation - Welcome! Our first Summer BBQ!

    summer 2008 group photo summer 2008 picnic photo

  • March 2008

    Undergraduate Aziza Sahin joins the group - Welcome!

  • December 2007

    Graduate Students Nadine Hanhan, Taewoo Min, and Ngon Tran join the group - Welcome!

  • September 2007

    Undergraduates Toby Chang and Jennifer Etcheson join the group - Welcome!

    Annaliese teaches a new special topics class (Chem 221E): Catalysis in Modern Organic Synthesis. [read description]

  • August 2007

    The first round of renovations are complete and we move into our new lab space.

    First reaction in the new lab - way to go Cori!

  • July 2007

    Cori Bruce joins the group for a summer rotation - Welcome!

    Annaliese joins the faculty at UC-Davis.