Jacqueline Wurst successfully defended her thesis in diversity-oriented synthesis entitled “Studies on the Stereoselective Synthesis of Glycal Derived Spiroketals” on April 17, 2011. Jackie’s family made the trip out from Minnesota for the event! Our thanks to her committee members Profs. Minkui Luo (chair), Howard Hang, and Gabriela Chiosis, who stepped in at the last minute. We also note that important contributions to this project were made by our late colleague, Prof. David Y. Gin, who sadly could not be with us for Jackie’s defense. Danielle Rose organized a wonderful party to celebrate Jackie’s accomplishments.

Congratulations Dr. Wurst!
Jackie Wurst, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Dr. Jacqueline Wurst and Danielle Rose prepare the opening salvo of the party!

Jackie Wurst, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Jackie fires off the first shot!

Sharon Wurst, Renato Bauer, Todd Wenderski, Chris Stratton, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, chemical biology research

Sharon Wurst checks out Renato Bauer’s photo of the champagne cork with Todd Wenderski and Chris Stratton

Tan and Gin Group, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, chemical biology research

Members of the Tan and Gin Groups are ready to celebrate!

Tan and Gin Group, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, chemical biology research

The groups enjoy a nice spread of food organized by Danielle Rose

Jackie Wurst, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Jackie discusses her defense with a friend

Jackie Wurst, Derek Tan, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, chemical biology research

Derek congratulates our newest Doctor!

Jackie Wurst, Sharon Wurst, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, chemical biology research

We’re very happy that Jackie’s mother, Sharon, managed to beat the weather to fly in for her defense!