James H. Frederich, Ph.D.


Professor Frederich received his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Oregon where he carried out undergraduate research in the lab of Professor Mike Haley. In 2005, he moved to Southern California to pursue a Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Larry Overman at UC Irvine. His thesis work involved the development of chiral Pd(II) catalysts for asymmetric reactions of prochiral allylic alcohol derivatives. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2011, he joined the group of Professor Patrick Harran at UCLA where he was supported as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. His postdoctoral research focused on the total synthesis of complex prodiginine natural products and related efforts to optimize their function as antagonists of protein-protein interactions that gate mitochondrial apoptosis.  


Jim joined the faculty at Florida State University in July 2014. His multidisciplinary research group is developing new strategies to prepare bioactive natural products and designing synthetic small molecules to address fundamental challenges in human disease.

Jim's CV

Honors & Awards

  • First Year Assistant Professor Award, FSU 2015

  • Amgen Award for Postdoctoral Research, 2013

  • Molecular Biology Institute (MBI) Certificate of Excellence, UCLA 2013

  • Chancellor's Award Nominee for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, UCLA 2013

  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013–2014

  • UC Irvine Dissertation Fellowship, 2011

  • Organic Chemistry Achievement Award, UO 2005

  • Oregon Presidential Scholarship, 2001–2005