Mike Gesinski

Notable Achievements

Sean Calvert ’22, in collaboration with Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mike Gesinski, received the prestigious American Chemical Society Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). As a fellow, Calvert will receive funding to study gold catalysis over the summer under Gesinski’s mentorship. Additionally, Calvert has been invited to attend an awards ceremony, present his research at a poster session, and tour Pfizer Research and Development Labs in Groton, CT.

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Expertise

Organic Synthesis, Organometallic Chemistry, Active Learning Pedagogy, Diversity-Oriented Teaching

Michael Gesinski received his BS in chemistry in 2005 from Rice University and his PhD from the University of California-Irvine in 2011 working for Dr. Scott Rychnovsky.  Before starting at Southwestern in 2013, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. F. Dean Toste at the University of California-Berkeley where he also served as a lecturuer.

  • Michael Gesinski received his BS in chemistry in 2005 from Rice University and his PhD from the University of California-Irvine in 2011 working for Dr. Scott Rychnovsky.  Before starting at Southwestern in 2013, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. F. Dean Toste at the University of California-Berkeley where he also served as a lecturuer.

  • Niemeyer, E. D.; Gesinski, M. R. Active learning pedagogies in the introductory and organic chemistry curriculum: increasing student persistence and success, Designing Student-Centered Classrooms for Equity and Inclusion across Disciplines, 2019, In Press.

    Le, N. N.; Rodriguez, A. M.; Alleyn, J. R.; Gesinski, M. R. “Synthesis of 1,4-Diketones via Titanium-Mediated Reductive Homocoupling of α-Haloketones.” Synlett, 2018, 29, 2195–2198.

    Gesinski, M. R.; Brenzovich, W. E.; Staben, S. T.; Srinilta, D. J.; Toste, F. D. “A divergent/convergent approach to dolabriferol: the Kornblum-DeLaMare enantiomeric resolution, Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 3643-3646.

    Gesinski, M. R.; Toste, F. D., Gold Catalusis in Natural Product Synthesis, In Gold Catalysis: A Homogeneous Approach, Imperial COllege Press: London, 2014, pp 501-536.

    Tay, G. C.; Gesinski, M. R.; Rychnovsky, S. D. “Formation of Highly Substituted Tetrahydropyranones: Application to the Total Synthesis of Cyanolide A.” Org. Lett. 201315, 4536-4539.

    Gesinski, M. R.; Rychnovsky, S. D. “Total Synthesis of the Cyanolide A Aglycon”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 9727-9729.

    Gesinski, M. R.; Tadpetch, K.; Rychnovsky, S. D. “Symmetric Macrocycles by a Prins Dimerization/Macrocyclization Strategy”. Org. Lett. 200911, 5342-5345.

    Gesinski, M. R.; Van Orden, L. J.; Rychnovsky, S. D. “Lewis Acid-Promoted Mukaiyama Aldol-Prins (MAP) Cyclization of Acetals, Ketals,a-Acetoxy Ethers, and Orthoesters”. Synlett 2008, 363-366.

  • Rodriguez, A.; Le, N.N.; Alleyn, J. R.;  Gesinski, M. R., Synthesis of cyclobutanones and 1,4-diketones via low-valent titanium intermediates, Abstracts of Papers, 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 31, 2019; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2019, ORGN-102.

    Cantú, S. N.; McCormack, J.; Lacker, C. R.; Gesinski, M. R., Development of a novel gold(I)-cleavable protecting group, Abstracts of Papers, 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 31, 2019; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2019, ORGN-104.

    Butler, D. D.; Cantú, S. N.; Lacker, C. R.; Wilson, P. L.; Gesinski., M. R., Gold(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of 1H-Isochromenes, Abstracts of Papers, 45th National Organic Chemistry Symposium, Davis, CA, April 2–6, 2017; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2017, S-22.

    Le, N.N.; Rodriguez, A.;  Bradley, J.; Walker, R.; Alleyn, J. R.; Gesinski, M. R., Ti-Mediated Synthesis of Cyclobutanones and 1,4-Diketones, Abstracts of Papers, 45th National Organic Chemistry Symposium, Davis, CA, April 2–6, 2017; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2017, T-10.

    Bradley, J.; Walker, R.; Alleyn, J. R.; Nguyen, D.; Gesinski, M. R., Titanium-Mediated Synthesis of Cyclobutanols, Abstracts of Papers, 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2–6, 2017; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2017, ORGN-268.

    Lacker, C. R.; Gesinski, M. R., The Synthesis and Application of a Novel Gold-Cleavable Protecting Group, Abstracts of Papers, 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium, College Park, MD, June 28-July 2, 2015;American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2015, M-53.

    Alleyn, J.; Gersib, S.; Gesinski, M. R., Titanium-Mediated Synthesis of Cyclobutanols, Abstracts of Papers, 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium, College Park, MD, June 28-July 2, 2015; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2015, M-76.