Faculty Directory

Home » Faculty » John Jewett

John Jewett

Associate Professor

Degrees and Appointments

  • AB 2003, Dartmouth College
  • Ph.D. 2008, University of Chicago
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2011, University of California, Berkeley
  • Assistant Professor 2011-2018, University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor 2018- , University of Arizona

Awards and Honors

  • Honors College, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • College of Science, Distinguished Early Career Teaching Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Honors College, Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2015
  • 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

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.

Please visit the Jewett Lab's group page for an updated list of publications.