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Aditya K. Unni

Aditya K. Unni, Ph.D.

Aditya K. Unni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry






342 Life Sciences Building


B.A. St. Olaf College
Ph.D. University of Chicago


Asymmetric catalysis and natural product total synthesis


  • Total synthesis of natural products with anti-cancer properties
  • Synthesis of chiral building blocks using organocatalysis


Mehta, R.R.; Katta, H.; Kalra, A.; Patel, R.; Gupta, A.; Alimirah, F.; Murillo, G.; Peng, X.;Unni, A.; Muzzio, M.; Mehta, R.G., "Efficacy and Mechanism of Action of Deguelin in Suppressing Metastasis of 4T1 Cells", Clin. Exp. Metastasis, 2013, DOI 10.1007/s10585-013-9585-6

Nishimura, T.; Unni, A.K.; Yokoshima, S.; Fukuyama, F., "Total Syntheses of Lyconadins A–C", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 3243

Nishimura, T.; Unni, A.K.; Yokoshima, S.; Fukuyama, F., "Concise Total Syntheses of (+)-Lyconadins A", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 418

McGilvra, J. D.; Unni, A. K; Modi, K.; Rawal, V. H., "Highly Diastereo- and Enantioselective Mukaiyama Aldol Reactions Catalyzed by Hydrogen Bonding," Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 6130.

Unni, A. K.; Takenaka, N.; Yamamoto, H.; Rawal, V. H., "Axially Chiral Biaryl Diols Catalyze Highly Enantioselective Hetero--Diels-Alder Reactions Through Hydrogen Bonding," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 1336.

Huang, Y.; Unni, A. K.; Thadani, A. N.; Rawal, V. H., "Hydrogen Bonding: Single Enantiomers from a Chiral-Alcohol Catalyst," Nature 2003, 424, 146.

Professional Societies 

American Chemical Society