Our organic research lab is dedicated to the synthesis of novel biologically active natural products. We are a relatively small research group usually consisting of one masters student and two to three undergraduates.

Contact Information
Dr. Christina Goudreau Collison
Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
85 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: (585)475-2634
email: cgcsch@rit.edu



NEWS: This is RIT's first semester! We no longer live under quarters. I am also on sabbatical this semester and will return to teach advanced organic and organic II in the spring to the non-majors. Since three of my 4 group members are graduating in the spring I need to get some lab mates for Hannah :)

GRANT: I am very excited to report that Dr. Cody and I were awarded a
2013 NSF TUES grant for our proposal entitled: Collaborative Research: Transforming the Organic Chemistry Experience: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Studio-Based Modules.

NEWS: I was thrilled to be awarded the 2012-2013 Eisenhart Award for excellence in teaching. A very big thank you to all of my students past and present for my nominations and for supporting me at the ceremony! It was so wonderful see you all there!

NEWS: Congratulations to Austin Kelly who was awarded a 2013 COS undergraduate research fellowship to stay at RIT and continue his work toward the total synthesis of aplydactone.

NEWS: Welcome to the group Hannah Simpson '16 who began work in the lab spring 2013.

NEWS: Our research group was in full force this spring at SUNY Brockport. Austin Kelly, Katheirne Valentine, Christine Yeo, and Anthony Carestia all presented posters on their research at the Rochester Section ACS Undergraduate Symposium. A trip to the Dinosaur BBQ afterwards was a great way to end a year of hard work.

NEWS: Welcome to the group Christine Yeo BS '14 who begins work in the lab fall 2012.

NEWS: What a hot and humid summer! Austin Kelly was funded through Dr. Seth Hubbard's project on Solar Cells and stayed through the summer working on this collaborative project. Austin presented his work as a poster at the Undergradauet Symposium August 2012. Anthony Carestia was funded through a Pasto Fellowship to continue his work this past summer and then presented his work in a talk at the Undergraduate Symposium in August. Jennifer Swartzenberg completed the synthesis of her piece on Trocheliophorolide A and the coupling commences. Danielle Raymond started her graduate program at the University of Rochester. We'll miss you! Katherine Valentine was hired by the department to perform analytical work on the department's PlumPox project.

PUBLICATION: I am very excited to see our accepted manuscript go to print! Check it out: Collison, C.G.; Cody, J.A.; Stanford, C., “An SN1-SN2 Lesson in an Organic Chemistry Lab Using a Studio-Based Approach”  J. Chem. Ed. 2012 ,89, 6, 750-754.

NEWS: Welcome to the group Austin Kelly BS '14 and Katherine Valentine BS '14. Both have started working in the lab this spring 2012.