Intranet Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

Prof. Dr. Dirk Trauner
Chemical Genetics and Chemical Biology


New York University
Department of Chemistry

Silver Center for Arts and Science
100 Washington Square East
10th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Phone +1 212 998 3747
Room-Nr. Room 712
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Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Chemical Neuroscience

Short CV

  • Studied Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • Studied Chemistry at the Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • 1997 Ph.D. University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1998-2000 Postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA
  • 2000-2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 2006-2008 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Since 2008 Professor of Organic Chemistry, LMU
  • Since 2017 Professor of Chemistry, New York University, New York, USA

Key publications

  • Bishop, L.M.; Barbarow, J. E.; Bergman, R.G.; Trauner, D., "Catalysis of 6p Electrocyclizations" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2008, 47, 8100-8103.
  • Volgraf, M.; Lumb, J.-P., Brastianos, H.C.; Carr, G.; Chung, M.K.W.; Münzel, M.; Mauk, A.G.; Andersen, R.J.; Trauner, D., "Biomimetic Synthesis of the IDO Inhibitors Exiguamine A and B" Nature Chem. Biol. 2008, 4, 535-537.
  • Volgraf, M.; Gorostiza, P.; Numano, R.; Kramer R.H.; Isacoff. E.; Trauner, D., "Allosteric Control of an Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor with an Optical-Switch" Nature Chem. Biol. 2006, 2, 47-52.