chemistry professor named Welch Distinguished University Chair | UTSA today | UTSA


“Dr. Larionov conducts cutting-edge organic chemistry research right here in San Antonio that has strong applications in many industries, including healthcare. We are grateful to the Welch Foundation for recognizing his ingenuity and impact. in the lab and its leadership with the next generation of synthetic chemists, ”said David silva, Dean of the College of Sciences of UTSA. “The generous support of the Welch Foundation to Dr Larionov will accelerate UTSA’s vision to become a nationally recognized research institution.

In 2011, UTSA received funding from the Welch Foundation to establish its first Distinguished Robert A. Welch University Chair in the Department of Chemistry. With the continued support of the Welch Foundation, the university has been able to recruit and retain several distinguished chemists who make important contributions to research. Larionov joins Kirk schanze as the second Welsh president of UTSA.

“We are delighted to support the impressive research efforts of outstanding professors like Dr. Oleg Larionov of UTSA,” said Adam kuspa, President of the Welch Foundation. “By giving Dr. Larionov more tools for success, we are creating additional opportunities for the advancement of research in the fields of medicine and materials science.”

Larionov is an organic chemist whose research focuses on the synthesis of natural products and the development of new chemical reactions. His previous projects include the synthesis of herbal compounds for use as cancer treatments, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

As a postdoctoral researcher, Larionov collaborated with a renowned chemist EJ Corey, winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Larionov began his academic career at UTSA in 2010 as a fellow of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund. The Voelcker Fund is a local private foundation that supports medical research in San Antonio and Bexar County.

“We are grateful to the Welch Foundation for its continued support of academic excellence at UTSA and congratulate Dr Larionov on this well-deserved recognition,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, Dean of UTSA and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Endowed academic positions such as Welch Chairs are essential to our efforts to develop and support exceptional faculty, which in turn provide exceptional educational opportunities for our Roadrunner students. “

Larionov is the principal investigator of a project funded by the National Institutes of Health which aims to develop innovative synthetic methods, in particular for organic substances containing sulfur. These compounds play a vital role in drug discovery and materials science, but can be difficult to produce. Over the past few years, Larionov and his team have successfully created a framework for chemists to produce organosulfur compounds efficiently and reducing chemical waste.


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