Ronald Besandre
UTMB/UT-Austin Dual Degree Student
Year in Program: GY4
Undergrad University: University of Houston
Mentor: Dionicio Siegel, PhD
Graduate Program: Chemistry

Ronald Besandre

  • My interests lie in the interface between chemistry and biology, namely the synthesis and application of small molecules to biological systems as either mechanistic probes, diagnostic tools, or novel therapeutics.
  • Graduation Honors - Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA, 2012)
  • Frank and Sara McKnight Contest Semi-Finalist in Chemistry (2012)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient from the American Chemical Society (2012)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2012)
  • Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship recipient from the University of Houston (2011)
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Houston (2009)
  • Besandre, Ronald; Jaimes, Miguel; May, Jeremy A. "Indoles Synthesized from Amines via Copper Catalysis." Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 1666-1669.
  • "Indoles Synthesized from Amines via Copper Catalysis." Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Groton, CT. (2012)
  • "Cu(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of Indoles from α-Arylketones and Aldehydes." Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Houston. Houston, TX. (2012)