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Jason Draper, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

B.Sc., Biology, Bethel University, Minnesota

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, 3128
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113

Education

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada

B.Sc., Biology, Bethel University, Minnesota

Teaching responsibilities

It’s my pleasure to teach lecture and laboratory courses primarily in organic chemistry.

Specialty areas

My areas of expertise include organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry (emphasis on antibacterial and antifungal agents), NMR spectroscopy, natural products chemistry including isolation and structure determination, insect pheromones, and flavor and fragrance chemistry.

Teaching philosophy:

In addition to the usual technical particulars, students in my courses can expect to receive training in identifying what constitutes reliable evidence, practice managing ambiguity in decision-making processes, and insight into the arbitrary boundary distinguishing natural from unnatural on the molecular scale.

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