Faculty Directory

John Jewett

Assistant Professor
Degrees and Appointments: 
AB 1999-2003, Dartmouth College
Ph.D. 2003-2008, University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2011, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor 2011, University of Arizona
Awards and Honors: 
NSF CAREER Award, 2016
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
Edith Barnard Award in Chemistry for Service to Others, 2007
Gerhard Closs Teaching Award in Organic Chemistry, 2004
McCormick Graduate Fellow, 2003-2005
Eleonore and Dmitry Shiraeff Undergraduate Scholar of Chemistry, 2001-2003
Research Summary: 

Our goal is to merge the fields of synthetic organic chemistry with virology. We develop new reactions (and re-appropriate old ones) to gain insight into how viruses infects new host cells. Additionally, we are working to develop new methods to probe protein-protein interactions through the use of small molecules.

Viruses can rapidly evolve and new tools are required to meet this ever-changing threat. While vaccinations have tamed many historically deadly viral diseases, there are still rogue viruses for which no vaccination strategy is available. Dengue virus (DENV), the virus that is responsible for dengue fever, hemorrhagic fever, and shock syndrome, is one such pathogen. The WHO estimates that the mosquito-borne pathogen infects over 50 million people each year. With a rapid increase in severe, potentially fatal, disease forms, DENV poses a significant risk to the 2.5 billion people who live in DENV endemic regions.


Jewett, J. C.; Bertozzi, C. R. "Synthesis of a fluorogenic cyclooctyne activated by Cu-free click chemistry," Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 5937-5939.

Jewett, J. C.; Sletten, E. M.; Bertozzi, C. R. "Rapid Cu-free click chemistry with readily synthesized biarylazacyclooctynones," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 3688-3690.

Jewett, J. C.; Rawal, V. H. "Temporary restraints to overcome steric obstacles: efficient strategy for the synthesis of mycalamide B," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 8682-8685.

Jewett, J. C.; Bertozzi, C. R. "Cu-free click cycloaddition reactions in chemical biology," Chem. Soc. Rev. 2010, 39, 1272-1279.

Sletten, E. M.; Nakamura, H.; Jewett, J. C.; Bertozzi, C. R. "Difluorobenzocyclooctyne: synthesis, reactivity, and stabilization by ß-cyclodextrin," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 11799-11805.

Jewett, J. C.; Rawal, V. H. "Total synthesis of pederin," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 6502-6504.