Erik Sorensen, the Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry; and John Hoskin, graduate student in the Sorensen Lab

Sorensen Lab Creates Concise Synthesis of Pleurotin

From the perspective of chemists, pleurotin is a fairly intriguing molecule. There is strong evidence of untapped therapeutic properties as a tumor inhibitor and antibiotic. It has a fascinatingly complex structure (six rings! eight stereocenters!). And it has been difficult to synthesize over the decades.