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Seyedsayamdost Is Named Full Professor

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Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, a biological chemist who investigates the biosynthesis and function of microbial natural products and who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Chemistry.

The promotion takes effect this month.

“I am absolutely delighted to be promoted to full professor,” said Seyedsayamdost. “This promotion honors the whole group, so a special thanks to all Mo Lab members, past and present, for all their hard work and dedication.

“I am also grateful to Tom (Muir), Jay (Groves), and Erik (Sorensen) for being fantastic mentors, and to the entire department and Princeton as a whole for all the support. Princeton Chemistry is a very special place.”


Mohammad Seyedsayamdost

Professor Mohammad Seyedsayamdost.

Photo by C. Todd Reichart

Seyedsayamdost joined the department in 2013 as an assistant professor and advanced to associate professor with tenure in July of 2019. He also holds appointments in the Department of Molecular Biology, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and the School of Public and International Affairs.

Last October, Seyedsayamdost was one of 21 scientists, artists, and scholars from across the country to earn a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grant” that is among the most prestigious awards in the country. Seyedsayamdost was honored for his investigations into the biosynthesis of novel molecules with therapeutic properties, and for promoting the discovery of new antibiotics.

Seyedsayamdost was born in Iran, and grew up in Germany and Australia. He received a combined B.S./M.S. degree in biochemistry with highest honors from Brandeis University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under JoAnne Stubbe. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School under Jon Clardy and Roberto Kolter.