• Our Alumna’s Testimonial

    Dear Professor Nikonov

    Please accept this correspondence from a Brock Alumna as a tribute to Professor Tomas Hudlicky’s scientific accomplishments and his life-long teaching career. As Professor Hudlicky’s former student and a 2005 Brock graduate, I felt compelled to write a letter expressing my deepest gratitude for everything Professor Hudlicky has done to help me grow as a scientist and as a human being. When I joined Professor’s Hudlicky’s lab as an undergraduate research assistant, I quickly realized how fortunate I was to learn organic synthesis and research conduct from an accomplished scientist and possibly one of the best natural product chemists of our time. Indeed, it was a rare opportunity. Professor Hudlicky made research exciting and organic synthesis a calling. I learned not only to perform synthesis but also research ethics as they apply to any scientific discipline. I became confident in myself as a scientist, and the skills I gained in Professor Hudlicky’s lab have served me well throughout my scientific endeavors.

    Of course, I was not the only one whose professional career was propelled forward as a result of Professor Hudlicky’s mentorship. Over the course of his academic career, Professor Hudlicky has taught and graduated hundreds if not thousands of students, all of whom went on to have very successful and fulfilling careers in pharmaceutical industry, academia or government sectors. When I graduated from Brock University in 2005, I knew that I had a bright future ahead of me because Professor Hudlicky’s students were highly sought after due to their unparalleled expertise in organic synthesis. After all, natural product synthesis is a very difficult and technically challenging skill and often is the only viable route for the production of life-saving pharmaceuticals and therapeutics. Professor Hudlicky has selflessly shared his knowledge and expertise with all of his students, and I will be forever grateful to Professor Hudlicky’s willingness to teach and inspire a whole generation of elite chemists who have contributed tremendously to not only big pharma industry or scientific community but also to the society as a whole. Brock University is indeed fortunate to have scholars of Professor Hudlicky’s caliber and dedication to mentorship and research.

    Finding myself at a point in my professional life where I can sit back and reflect on whom I need to thank for helping me to achieve my career goals, I wanted to take the time and express my sincerest appreciation to Brock University and its trustees for creating an environment that is conducive to scientific advances. Brock has always been able to retain the best intellectual minds. Undoubtedly, these are the values and principles that have made Brock University an academic institution of choice for me over twenty years ago and will advance my alma mater into the future.


    Oksana M. Pavlyuk, PhD

    Brock University Alumna

    Principal Investigator

    Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department

    US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

    Dayton, Ohio

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  • Professor van der Est published paper in JACS


    Metal Ion Control of Photoinduced Electron Spin Polarization in Electronic Ground States

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  • PhD position in organic synthesis / bioorganic chemistry

    For more information please contact Dr. Jeffrey Atkinson.

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  • Professor Dudding group published two papers

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  • Chemistry professor Feng Li received the prestigious CSC Fred Beamish Award for 2021

    Feng Li

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  • Victor Snieckus of Queens University passed away

    On December 18 the organic community and the chemistry world have lost a true legend as Victor Snieckus died at age 83. Vic was an adjunct professor at Brock for several years. He has been the friend of this department and has delivered a short course on cross-coupling a few years ago. As well, he has  participated in all of the biennial Latest Trends in Organic Synthesis conferences (LTOS) here at Brock and at the University of Florida and Virginia Tech before 2004. An avid reader, musician, and hockey player Vic enjoyed life to the fullest and seemed not to age. He will be missed by all, especially by me as our friendship spanned more that 40 years.

    Tomas Hudlicky, December 2020.

    Vic Snieckus (left) celebrating a hockey championship victory at the Steamboat Med Chem meeting, 2009.

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  • Professor Feng Li publishes paper in Angewandte Chemie

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  • Chemistry professor and collaborators create breakthrough device

    Researchers create hand-held device for patients to read levels of cancer biomarker in their own blood


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  • Professor Dudding research group published a paper in JOC

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  • Brock NMR Facility 600 spectrometer upgrade has arrived

    Our new state-of-the-art 600 NMR is here !
    Installation to start on October 13 !
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