Professor Andrei K. Yudin obtained his B.Sc. degree at Moscow State University and his Ph.D. degree at the University of Southern California under the direction of Professors G. K. Surya Prakash and George A. Olah. He subsequently took up a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute. In 1998, he started his independent career at the University of Toronto. He received early tenure, becoming an Associate Professor in 2002, and received an early promotion to the rank of a Full Professor in 2007. Dr. Yudin is one of the pioneers in the design of new chemical transformations.
Currently, the main focus of research in the Yudin group is to develop a bridge between basic chemistry research and drug discovery. In addition to significant fundamental discoveries, his lab is making tangible contributions to chemical industry. In 2009, Sigma-Aldrich used his method and created a wide range of reagents now known as the Yudin amino aldehydes. These powerful molecules are being used to solve some of the long-standing problems of complex molecule synthesis. Dr. Yudin and his students have made molecules that effectively mimic secondary structures such as beta turns, beta sheets, and alpha helices in various contexts.
Coauthor of over 150 publications and 8 patents, Dr. Yudin edited two books for Wiley-VCH entitled “Aziridines and Epoxides in Organic Synthesis” and “Catalyzed Carbon-Heteroatom Bond Formation” – areas of his current interests. Overall, Dr. Yudin has presented 160 invited lectures to thousands of chemists all over the world. Since joining the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Yudin has been awarded a Lemieux Award, Connaught Innovation Award, USC Distinguished Alumni Award, Nankai Organic Chemistry Lectureship, Alfred Bader and Bernard Belleau Awards. Most recently, Andrei has been appointed as Chemical Science Associate Editor, handling submissions in the area of organic chemistry.