John P. Wolfe

John Wolfe received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he conducted undergraduate research in the labs of Professor Gary A. Molander. John Wolfe completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. John Wolfe's thesis research was focused on metal-catalyzed C-N, C-O, and C-C bond-forming reactions of aryl halides, and involved the development of new reactions and novel catalysts. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1999, John Wolfe moved to the University of California, Irvine, where he conducted research as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Professor Larry E. Overman. His postdoctoral research involved the development of new methods of synthesis of polycyclic guanidine derivatives and bicyclic ketones. Professor Wolfe joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in July, 2002. His current research is directed towards the development of new metal-catalyzed reactions for the synthesis of interesting, biologically active compounds.


  • 2012 John Dewey Award
  • 2012 LSA Excellence in Education Award
  • 2009 Tetrahedron Most Cited Paper 2006-2009 Award
  • 2009 University of Michigan Chemistry Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2008-2009 GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award
  • 2006 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 2005 Eli Lilly Grantee Award
  • 2004 Amgen Young Investigator's Award

Curriculum Vitae