Paul Helquist, PhD is Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and is the Notre Dame co-Navigator for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He then earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry at Cornell University followed by postdoctoral research in synthetic organic chemistry at Harvard University with Nobel Laureate E. J. Corey.
Dr. Helquist has been a university faculty member for 47 years. He held a professorship at another university before moving to Notre Dame in 1984. He is a specialist in synthetic organic chemistry and has over 200 publications and patents in the following areas: development of new synthetic methods; design and development of transition metal reagents and catalysts for selective synthetic reactions, including new enantioselective methods; development of new methods for the total synthesis of natural products synthesis and applications to new pharmaceuticals, including antibacterial and antitumor agents and treatments for rare inherited diseases. He has led or has been a member of a number of collaborative teams in these areas of research in the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia. A therapeutic agent from his laboratory has been in an FDA-approved human clinical trial. His research is currently funded by a number of grants from the NIH, NSF, and a private medical research foundation. Dr. Helquist has served as Chair of the Chemistry Board of Examiners for the Graduate Records Examination at the Educational Testing Service, as the Director of the National Science Foundation Workshop for College Teachers of Organic Chemistry, and as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. Since 1981, he has offered special courses on advanced synthetic organic chemistry on 148 occasions at sites throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe under the auspices of the Continuing Education Department of the American Chemical Society and several other sponsors. He has been Visiting Professor at European universities on several occasions for periods of up to one and one-half years. He has been a participant in I-CTSI programs for the past seven years, including serving as Chair of one of the Project Development Teams before assuming his current role as Co-Navigator for the Notre Dame campus. He can be reached by phone at (574) 631-7822 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org