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Erica Schultz

Erica Schultz

Assistant Professor of Chemistry



Organic chemistry, Synthesis and Reaction Development
Biochemistry, Biocatalysis, Biosynthesis


Harvard University, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2017
University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 2014
Macalester College, BA, 2008

Courses Taught

Biochemistry, Chem 300
Biochemistry Lab, Chem 300 Lab
Organic Chemistry II, Chem 221
Organic Chemistry II Lab, Chem 221 Lab


Nakamura, H.; Schultz, E. E.; Balskus, E. P. “A new strategy for enzymatic aromatic ring alkylation in cylindrocyclophane biosynthesis” Nat. Chem. Biol. 2017, 13, 916-921. (Highlighted by Chemical and Engineering News: Halford, B. “Chemists discover biology’s version of the Friedel-Crafts alkylation” Chem. Eng. News 2017, 95, 7.)

Wallace, S.; Schultz, E. E.; Balskus, E. P. “Using Non-enzymatic Chemistry to Influence Microbial Metabolism” Curr. Opin. in Chem. Bio. 2015, 25, 71-79. 

Schultz, E. E.; Lindsay, V. N. G.; Sarpong, R. “Expedient Synthesis of Fused Azepine Derivatives using a Sequential Rh(II)-Catalyzed Cyclopropanation / 1-Aza-Cope Rearrangement of Dienyltriazoles” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9904-9908. 

Schultz, E. E.; Sarpong, R. “Application of In Situ Generated Rh-Bound Trimethylene-methane Variants to the Synthesis of 3,4-Fused Pyrroles” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 4696–4699.

Heller, S. T.; Schultz, E. E.; Sarpong, R. “Chemoselective N-Acylation of Indoles and Oxazolidinones with Carbonylazoles” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 8304–8308.

Schultz, E. E.; Pujanauski, B. G.; Sarpong, R. “Synthetic Studies toward Lapidilectine-Type Kopsia Alkaloids” Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 648–651.

Hoye, R. C.; Anderson, G. A.; Brown, S. G.; Schultz, E. E. “Total Synthesis of Cathculins A and B” J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 7400–7403.