2017-04-28

David MaGee

Dr. MaGee is a synthetic organic chemist with 30+ years of experience in the synthesis and characterization of natural products and has been funded by NSERC throughout this time.  While at UNB his group has been involved in the synthesis of a variety of naturally occurring compounds and have recently completed the total synthesis of (-)-cryptosporiopsin (anti-fungal and anti-biotic), epi-resiwigin A, calicogorgin A and C, and manzamine C.  Current naturally occurring compounds being targeted include (-)-reiswigin A (anti-herpes), manzamines A and B (anti-cancer and anti-matarial), and (+)-anatoxin A (nAChR agonist).  In addition to these complex natural products the MaGee groups has also been involved in the synthesis of a number of insect pheromones, these include Fuscumol (Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle), (3E) and (3Z)-dodecen-12-olide (Emerald Ash Borer) and (2S, 3R)-2-((Z)-oct-2'-enyl)-3-nonyl oxirane (Elm Spanworm).  His students have all gone on to successful careers in either academia or the chemical industry with most students having secured employment in the pharmaceutical industry.  During this period Dr. MaGee has had 30 peer reviewed articles in international journals, given over 50 invited talks and conference proceedings, supervised 7 PhD, 10 MSc, and 21 summer and Honours undergraduate students.  In addition, Dr. MaGee has held a NSERC Discovery Grant to support his overall research program since he arrived at UNB.

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