Professor David A. SpiegelDavid A. Spiegel, Ph.D., M.D. is Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology at Yale University and Research Advisory Board Member at SENS Foundation.
David 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, David 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.
He began as an Assistant Professor at Yale in June of 2007. Since that time he has been fortunate to be named recipient of the NIH New Innovator Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.
David earned his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Chemistry at Harvard University in 1995. He earned his M.S. in Pharmacology in 2000, his M.D. in May 2004, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in December 2004, all at Yale University.
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