- NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 1984-1986
- Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 1984; Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, 1980; University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
- University of Kansas, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
- Interim chair, 2003 - 2005
- Professor, 1996 - present
- Associate Professor, 1992 - 1996
- Assistant Professor, 1986 - 1992
- Member, Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, 2005 - present.
- Director, KU Chemical Methodologies and Library Design Center, 2003-present
- Director, KU Specialized Chemistry Center, 2008 - present
- Director, Synthesis Core, KU Center for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, 2009 - present
- Innovatec lecturer, University of Regensburg, Germany, 2003.
- Center for Teaching Excellence, Interim Director, 2001 - 2002
- Visiting Professor, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, 1997
- Invited Professor, University of Rennes I, Rennes, France, 1993
- NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1984-1986, Yale University with Professor Samuel Danishefsky
- Research Assistant, 1980-1983, Duke University. Research director: Professor Steven W. Baldwin. Dissertation title: "Asymmetric Synthesis with Chiral Hydroxylamines."
- Undergraduate Research, 1979-1980, University of Miami, with Professor Robert E. Gawley
Scientific and Scholarly Awards
- Nikolai N. Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education, American Association of University Administrators, 2008
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
- Olin Petefish Award for Research in the Basic Sciences, Higuchi/Endowment Research Achievement Award, University of Kansas, 2001
- Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, 1996
- Phi Beta Kappa, honorary member, 1996
- American Cyanamid Faculty Award in Organic Chemistry, 1993
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1993-1995
- Eli Lilly Grantee, 1989-1991
- Cited as an AACP Teacher of the Year, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2001.
- Honored at the Fourth Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet for Graduate Teaching, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, May 4, 2000
- Cited as an AACP Teacher of the Year, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2000
- Honored at the Third Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet for Undergraduate Teaching, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, May 4, 2000.
- W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 1997 (university-wide teaching award; 20 awarded annually)
- Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Graduate and Professional Organization, University of Kansas, 1996
- Honors for Outstanding Progressive Educator award (HOPE Award), University of Kansas, 1994 (university-wide teaching award; 1 awarded annually)
HOPE Award Finalist, 1993
HOPE Award Finalist, 1990
- Rho Chi Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas, 1990, 1999