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Alex Schuppe

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: alexander.w.schuppe[at]

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2022)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advisor: Stephen Buchwald

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2018)

Yale University 

Advisor: Timothy Newhouse

B.S. in Chemistry (2013)

University of Texas at Austin 

Advisor: Dionicio Siegel

About Alex

Alex was born and raised in southern California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he investigated the metal-free C–H hydroxylation of arenes in Prof. Dionicio Siegel’s laboratory. While conducting his doctoral work with Prof. Timothy Newhouse at Yale University, he synthesized several structurally distinct limonoid natural products. As an Arnold O. Beckman Fellow in Prof. Stephen Buchwald’s laboratory at MIT, Alex primarily focused on the development of enantioselective carbon–carbon bond forming reactions enabled by copper hydride catalysis. Alex will begin his independent career at Vanderbilt University in the Fall of 2022, focusing on methods development, transition-metal catalysis, and total synthesis

Awards & Honors 

2021         MIT Chemistry Dept. Mentorship Spotlight Award

2020         MIT Infinite Expansion Award (Institutional Service Award)

2019         Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship

2019         NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

2017         AAAS Science Program for Excellence in Science

2017         Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship

2014         National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2014         Yale Cooke Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Teaching

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