Mark Distefano

Professor

Distinguished McKnight Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry

Chemical Biology; Organic Chemistry 

Univ. of Minnesota
Dept. of Chemistry
A-8, 139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431

Email: diste001@umn.edu 

Office:   668C Kolthoff Hall
Phone:   612-624-0544
Fax:       612-626-7541

Education

B.A.- Biochemistry and Chemistry (1979 - 1984) University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D.- Chemistry (1984 - 1989) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 

Postdoc.- Chemistry (1989 - 1992) California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Employment History

2009 – present Professor Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 

1998 – 2009 Associate Professor Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 

1992 – 1998 Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 

1989 – 1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 

1987 – 1989 Visiting Scientist, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Other Appointments

2006 – present Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program Member 

2005 – present Microbial Biotechnology Graduate Program Member 

2005 – present University of Minnesota Biotechnology Institute Member 

2003 – 2006 Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry 

2001 Visiting Scientist, Genentech Corporation, South San Francisco, CA 

1995 – present University of Minnesota Cancer Center Member

Selected Awards

2014 American Chemical Society Fellow

2011 Distinguished McKnight University Professor 

2011 Merck Professor of Chemistry 

2006 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor 

2004 George W. Taylor/ITAS Award for Distinguished Teaching 

1994 National Science Foundation CAREER Award 

1994 American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award 

1992 3M Alumni Assistant Professor 

1989 Damon Runyon - Walter Winchell Cancer Foundation Fellowship

Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society 

American Associate for the Advancement of Science 

American Peptide Society

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