Michael Gesinski

Notable Achievements

The American Chemical Society student group received an award and plaque from the American Chemical Society for 2017–2018, which read, “In recognition for your commitment and achievement, this Honorable Mention award is presented to the Southwestern University Student Chapter 2017–2018.”  Director of General Chemistry Labs Willis Weigand and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski are the faculty advisors for the group. The current officers of the group are Julianna Mouat ’20, president; Ethan Iverson ’20, vice president; Rachel Brasher ’21, treasurer; Abby Musyoka ’21, secretary and historian; and Ashley Chavana ’19, social outreach.

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Michael Gesinski received his PhD from the University of California-Irvine in 2011 and his BS from Rice University in 2005.

  • Michael Gesinski received his PhD from the University of California-Irvine in 2011 and his BS from Rice University in 2005.

  • 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.

  • 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.