Dennis Dougherty

Dennis Dougherty

George Grant Hoag Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information:
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology, 164-30
Pasadena, California 91125
626 395 6089 FAX: 626 564 9297


B.S., M.S., 1974, Bucknell University;
Ph.D., 1978, Princeton University; (Kurt Mislow)
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1979, Yale University (Jerome Berson).


Assistant Professor: 1979 - 1985
Associate Professor: 1985 - 1989
Professor: 1989 - 2001
Executive Officer for Chemistry: 1994 - 1999
Hoag Professor: 2002 -

Awards and Honorary Societies

National Academy of Sciences (2009)
ACS James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (2008)
Javits Neuroscience Investigator, NIH (2004)
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999)
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994)
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1992)
AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award (1991)
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1984-1989)
Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1983-1985)
Phi Beta Kappa

ASCIT Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
Richard Badger Teaching Award (1992)
ASCIT Excellence in Teaching Award (1987)

Professional Service

AAAS, Chemistry Section, Member-at-Large, 2007 – 2011
National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors, Advisory Board, 2005 -
Gordon Research Conference on Ligand Recognition and Molecular Gating, Chair, 2004
Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, Advisory Committee, 2003 - 2006
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Scientific Advisory Board 2004 -
NIH Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry Study Section, 1999 – 2003
NSF Workshops on Reactive Intermediates; Organizing Committee Chair, 1991-1993
Materials Chemistry Secretariat, ACS, DOC representative
Executive Committee, Division of Organic Chemistry, ACS (1990-1992)
Member: American Chemical Society (ACS); AAAS; Biophysical Society; Society for Neuroscience

Editorial Board: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology

Textbook: Modern Physical Organic Chemistry, with Eric V. Anslyn

Selected Lectureships

Gilman Lecture, Iowa State, (2010); Murtiashaw Lecture, U. So. Carolina (2010); Berson Lecture, Yale Univeristy (2008); Sunney Chan Lecture, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2008); Backer Lecture, University of Groningen (2008); Clapp Lecture, Brown University (2008); Chambers Lectures, University of Rochester (2008); Daines Lecture, Kansas University (2008); Gordon Research Conference, Biology & Chemistry of Peptides (2008); Cristol Lecture, University of Colorado (2006); Glasgow University/Organon Symposium (2006); Frontiers in Chemical Biology; U. Michigan/Pfizer Symposium (2005); Reaction Mechanisms Conference (2004); Gassman Lecturer, University of Minnesota (2002); Alexander Todd Visiting Professor, Cambridge University (2001); Büchi Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, MIT (2001); Kharasch Visiting Professorship, University of Chicago (2000); Blomquist Lectures, Cornell University (2000); Fuson Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois (1999)