Marc J. Adler joins NIU chemistry faculty

Assistant Professor Marc J. AdlerAssistant Professor Marc J. Adler joined the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in August 2011. Marc was born and raised in San Diego, California. He completed his B.S. degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. He then moved to Durham, North Carolina, to pursue his Ph.D. degree from Duke University, which he received in 2008. Marc spent a year performing post-doctoral research at Yale University before moving to the University of Oxford, where he has lived and worked for the past two years.

Research in Marc’s lab is centered around organic synthesis. His interests within this field are wide-ranging, from total synthesis to fundamental physical organic chemistry. Synthesis and evaluation of intriguing molecules, from natural products to molecules designed for biological applications to molecular switches to organocatalysts, will be the focus of his lab’s efforts. He also has a keen interest in brain chemistry and the pathology of a variety of neurological conditions and hopes to formulate cross-disciplinary collaborations that will help his lab to perform investigations into these fields.

Marc is a passionate teacher, in both the classroom and the lab. Having taught several different courses and mentored many junior researchers, he brings experience and enthusiasm to the students in our department.

In addition to his love of science, Marc is an avid basketball player and fan, and enjoys reading and cooking (and eating).

Please join us in welcoming Professor Adler as the newest member of the department!