Hong Wang, Distinguished Junior Scholar, 2011-2012
Hong Wang with undergraduate summer scholar Ryan Sarkisian, senior biochemistry major
Hong Wang received the 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar Award for a junior faculty member who has demonstrated great potential in research and achieved some standing in the field. She is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a synthetic organic chemist.
Wang is an internationally recognized scientist who is making major contributions to the field of organo- and metallo-catalysis, according to her nominators.
She received her doctorate from the University of California, Davis, in 2003, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, 2003-2005, and at the Scripps Research Institute/Oxford University, 2005-2007, before joining Miami in 2007.
She has developed a research program that involves application-directed molecule design and synthesis with an emphasis on development of catalysts for important organic and biologically relevant reactions.
She has 27 peer-reviewed publications, 11 of them since starting at Miami. Several of her papers have been chosen as a “hot paper” or highlighted in SYNFACTS, a secondary journal in synthetic organic chemistry where papers in the primary literature are selected for their importance and further evaluated and summarized by experts in their fields.
Some of her recent publications highlight successful collaborations the Center for Childhood Cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
In 2011 she was awarded a $550,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program. The grant funds her research to develop new bifunctional catalysts for asymmetric organic transformations, which have potential applications in biological science, materials science and the pharmaceutical industry.
She has been invited to present her work at national and international venues.
“This level of productivity is exceptional for an assistant professor,” stated one of her nominators.
She has mentored two postdoctoral researchers, four graduate students and eight undergraduate students.
“Wang has gotten off to an unusually rapid and promising start in her research program,” stated a nominator, “while effectively mentoring her group of students.”
This story was reprinted from the Miami University e-Report.