Gustav J. Wørmer wins 'Best PhD Dissertation within Organic Chemistry in Denmark'
PhD Gustav J. Wørmer won 'Best PhD Dissertation within Organic Chemistry in Denmark' at the Danish Chemical Society's annual meeting on Friday.
Gustav's dissertation is entitled 'Total Synthesis of [4.3.0] Natural Products' and deals with chemical synthesis of complex, bioactive natural compounds. Among other things, Gustav has developed the first synthesis route for the substances Streptazon A and Abikoviromycin, members of the class of [4.3.0]-piperidine alkaloids. This now makes it possible to study the underlying mechanisms responsible for the compounds' biological activity.
Furthermore, Gustav has contributed to the development of new types of reactive groups, which can be used, among other things, for precise chemical functionalisation of proteins and for the design of covalent drugs.
The research was carried out in Prof. Thomas B. Poulsen's research group, where Gustav is now employed as postdoc.