Organic Chemistry builds upon on the central element of life, carbon. As a hub in a dynamic, collaborative department and university we design, synthesize, and study architecturally beautiful and functionally useful carbon containing compounds that range from new medicines to innovative polymers and materials for a greener world. At the University of Arizona, we provide our students with research opportunities in natural products total synthesis, peptide chemistry, chemical biology, polymer and materials chemistry. With an eye on translational science we work with partners, both academic and industrial, to maximize the societal impact of the chemistry that we develop. Students trained in our laboratories go on to successful careers in academia, government and industry to help develop the next generation of ground breaking drugs and materials to improve the world around us.