Professor of Chemistry
Member of Yale faculty since 2010
Research Research in the Phillips group is framed by biologically active natural
products and the exciting opportunities afforded by their structures and
functions. At the structural end of the spectrum we focus our efforts on
questions relating to the development of new methods and strategies for the
synthesis of natural products, with an emphasis on brevity of synthesis.
Our interests in the functions of natural products span target
identification and the role of natural products in cancer biology, but are
ultimately guided by what we believe is an important challenge for the field
of synthetic chemistry: the systematic, de novo, production of small
molecules that can perform the same biological tasks as complex natural
Against this backdrop, key research goals in the group at the current time
1. Develop small molecules that can access the diverse biology that nature
modulates with small peptides and oligonucleotides.
2. Identify natural products that affect 'undruggable' targets such as
protein-protein interactions and, with the information gleaned from this,
develop small molecules to tackle these challenges.
3. Identify small molecules that affect the regulation of genes that produce
B.Sc. University of Canterbury, 1996
Ph.D. University of Canterbury, 1996-1999
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1999-2001
Gregory S.C. Hii Memorial Prize, University of Canterbury, 1998
Ralph Earle Memorial Prize, University of Canterbury, 1998
University of Colorado Junior Faculty Development Award, 2003
University of Colorado Parents Association Marinus G. Smith Award, 2005
Thieme Synthesis-Synlett Award, 2006
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2006
Eli Lilly Grantee, 2006
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006
M.W.B. Pfeiffer & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of (+)-Cyanthiwigin U. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 5334. Highlight: SYNFACTS, 2005, 2, 0186. Top 20 J. Am. Chem. Soc. downloaded article 2005.
A.C. Hart & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of (+)-Cylindramide A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1094.
G.W. O'Neil & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of Dictyostatin. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 5340.
K.A. Keaton & A.J. Phillips. Synthesis of the C1-C24 Subunit of Spirastrellolide B. J. Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 1083.
C.G. Nasveschuk, D. Ungermannova, X. Liu, & A.J. Phillips. A Concise Total Synthesis of Largazole, Solution Structure, and Some Preliminary Structure- Activity Relationships. J. Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 3595.
J.A. Henderson & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of Aburatubolactam A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 8499. Highlight: SYNFACTS, 2009, 4, 0351.
N.D. Griggs & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of Pyranicin. J. Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 4955.
K.L. Jackson, J.A. Henderson, H. Motoyoshi, & A.J. Phillips. Total Synthesis of Norhalichondrin B. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 2346. Highlight: SYNFACTS, 2009, 10, 1059.