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Julie Pigza

Dr. Julie Pigza

Associate Professor


Dr. Julie A. Pigza is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at USM. She received her B.S. from Allegheny College in 2002 followed by her Ph.D. from Indiana University (advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Johnston) in 2008. In 2009, she completed a postdoc with Dr. Tadeusz Molinski at the University of California, San Diego and then transitioned to her first independent career as an Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College (2010-2013) before her final move to USM (2013-current). Her research is generously supported by the NSF CAREER grant (2019-2024, award #1848257).

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  • Organic Chemistry (PHD) - Indiana University-Bloomington (2008)
  • BS - Allegheny College (2002)

Undergraduate courses:
CHE-106 General Chemistry I
CHE-106S General Chemistry I Support
CHE-251 ElementaryOrganic Chemistry
CHE-255 Organic Chemistry I
CHE-308 Chemistry Junior Seminar
CHE-392/392H Undergraduate Research
CHE-404 Spectral Elucidation of Structure
CHE-451 Medicinal Chemistry
CHE-470 Survey of Toxicology
CHE-496/496H Senior Capstone Research
IDS-350 Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - Opioid Epidemic (guest lecturer, Chemistry)

Graduate courses:
CHE-504 Spectral Elucidation of Structure
CHE-551 Medicinal Chemistry
CHE-570 Survey of Toxicology
CHE-652 Advanced Organic Synthesis
CHE-698 Master's Thesis
CHE-729 Methods and Techniques in Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHE-791 Graduate Student Research
CHE-898 Graduate Dissertation

  • Quinolines from the cyclocondensation of isatoic anhydride with ethyl acetoacetate: preparation of ethyl 4-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline-3-carboxylate and derivatives., Beilstein journal of organic chemistry, 2018, 10.3762/bjoc.14.229
  • Synthesis and Evaluation of Aryl Quinolines as HIV-1 Integrase Multimerization Inhibitors., ACS medicinal chemistry letters, 2018, 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00269
  • An efficient method for the reductive conversion of acyclic esters to ethers via a TMS-protected acetal, Tetrahedron Letters, 2017, 10.1016/j.tetlet.2017.06.043
  • Synthesis of novel single-walled carbon nanotube-magnesium nanoparticle composites by a solution reduction method, Materials Letters, 2014, 10.1016/j.matlet.2013.12.032
  • Total synthesis of the Lycopodium alkaloid serratezomine A using free radical-mediated vinyl amination to prepare a β-stannyl enamine linchpin., The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2013, 10.1021/jo302333s
  • A sulfone-based strategy for the preparation of 2,4-disubstituted furan derivatives., The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2011, 10.1021/jo201529s
  • Diastereoselective allylstannane additions to (S)-5,6-dihydro-2H-5-phenyloxazin-2-one. A concise synthesis of (S)-beta-methylisoleucine., Organic letters, 2010, 10.1021/ol1001126
  • Oxazoline-oxazinone oxidative rearrangement. divergent syntheses of (2S,3S)-4,4,4-trifluorovaline and (2S,4S)-5,5,5-Trifluoroleucine., The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2009, 10.1021/jo900654y
  • Total synthesis of the lycopodium alkaloid (+)-serratezomine A., Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 10.1021/ja900536d
  • Mississippi Academy of Science
  • Women in Science & Engineering
  • American Chemical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Organic Synthesis, Organocatalysis, NMR Spectroscopy, Community College Transfer Student Success