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The Group:


The PI:


Michael Taylor
Tel: 520-626-6322

Michael grew up in Salisbury, Maryland. He received his B.S. from Salisbury University in 2006, where he was an undergraduate researcher in Professor Elizabeth Papish’s group. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Delaware, where he worked in Professor Joseph Fox's laboratory.  His research in the Fox group focused on the development of new synthetic methods, the total synthesis of natural products, and the development of bio-orthogonal chemistry.  Michael then moved to the United Kingdom to take up a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Matthew Gaunt at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014.  His research at Cambridge primarily focused on the development of a non-classical reactive platform for the selective chemical modification of proteins.  In 2017, Michael moved back across the pond to take up his position in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wyoming.  In August of 2022, Michael moved to the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Michael’s research program is underpinned by an interest in developing organic transformations for use at the chemistry-biology interface.  

Awards & Honors

Career Summary:

2022:  University of Wyoming Presidential Scholars Award
August 2022-present:  Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2021:  NIH Outstanding Investigator Award (R35 MIRA)
2021:  NSF CAREER Award
2017-2022:  Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
2020:  Thieme Chemistry Journals Award
2014-2016:  Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship
2014-2016:  Marie-Curie International Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, U.K.  Advisor:  Matthew J. Gaunt
2012:  Sigma-Aldrich Graduate Innovation Award
2012:  Brennie A. Hackley Jr. Excellence in Research Award
2006-2007:  CBI Pre-Doctoral Training Program Fellowship
2012-2017:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, U.K. Advisor:  Matthew J. Gaunt
2013:  Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE.  Advisor:  Joseph M. Fox
2006:  American Institute of Chemists: Collegiate Achievement Award
2006:  B.S. in Biochemistry. Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD.  Advisor:  Elizabeth T. Papish

Ph.D. Students

4th year:

Nicholas Kuehl

B.S. 2017 M.S.U. Denver


3rd year:

Akash Sarkar

M.S. 2019 South Dakota 


Master's Student:

Norberto Orellana

B.S. 2020 Colorado College 


Undergraduate Students

Ronald Palmenberg

Class of 2026


Group Mascots



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