Richmond Sarpong

Richmond Sarpong
Full Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
841-A Latimer Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: (510) 643-6312
Email: rsarpong at berkeley dot edu

Richmond Sarpong was born (04/23/1974) in Bechem, Ghana but grew up predominantly in Bolgatanga (northern Ghana), Livingstone (Zambia, central Africa) and Lobatse (Botswana, southern Africa). He was first introduced to organic chemistry as a Cambridge 'A' Level student by Dr. Ramakrishna at the Maru-A-Pula school in Gaborone, Botswana. In 1991, he began his undergraduate studies at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) where he was first introduced into organic chemistry research through an undergraduate project in the determination of absolute stereochemistry using the Mosher method under Professor Rebecca C. Hoye. In the summer of 1995, he moved to Princeton University where he began doctoral research with Professor Martin F. Semmelhack studying functional analogs of the enediyne antitumor antibiotics. He left Princeton in the fall of 2000 to pursue a postdoctorate with Professor Brian M. Stoltz at the California Institute of Technology. As an UNCF-Pfizer postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, he was part of a team that completed the first total synthesis of the protein phosphatase inhibitor dragmacidin D. In 2004, Richmond left Caltech to join the faculty at Berkeley. He is currently developing methodology to access a series of 7- and 5-membered ring fused bicycles.

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