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Developmental Therapeutics

David Adam Spiegel

Professor of Chemistry

Biographical Info

David A. Spiegel was born in New York City, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. From a very young age, he was fascinated by the chemistry and biology of small molecules, and at 16 began doing research in a neuroanesthesiology laboratory at the University of Iowa. He went on to attend Harvard University where he conducted research under the guidance of Professor Yoshito Kishi. After graduating from Harvard, David began in Yale University’s M.D./Ph.D. program. There he conducted graduate research in Professor John Wood’s laboratory focusing on developing synthetic approaches toward the phomoidrides. During the course of these studies, he discovered that trialkylborane-water complexes could function as H-atom donors in free radical reactions. Following graduation from Yale, Professor Spiegel moved back to Harvard for postdoctoral studies under the guidance of Professor Stuart L. Schreiber. There he focused on developing an oligomer-based method for small-molecule synthesis to enable the rapid assembly of skeletally diverse small molecules starting from simple monomers. David began as an assistant Professor at Yale in June of 2007. Since that time, he has been fortunate to be named recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations Grand Challenges Explorations Award and is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.


Honors & Recognition

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship
    (2011)
  • Nature Chemical Biology Grand Challenges Essay Contest
    (2010)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations Grand Challenges Explorations Award
    (2009)
  • Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award
    (2008)
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
    (2007)

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