Full name: Juha Henrik Siitonen

Date of birth: 05/12/1990

Nationality: Finnish

Work address: Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Office: BRC 379

Lab: BRC 380

E-mail: js149 [at] rice [dot] edu

Languages: English (Fluent), Swedish (Proficient), Finnish (Native)


Lecturer of Chemistry 2020 –

Teaching general and organic chemistry. Research in natural product total synthesis, method development, computational chemistry and chemistry education.

William Marsh Rice University, Houston, TX, USA.

Funding: Oskar Huttunen foundation.

Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow 2019 – 2020

Total synthesis of homotropane and oxindole alkaloids, method development, computational chemistry, and chemistry education research.

Group of prof. László Kürti, William Marsh Rice University, Houston, TX, USA.

Funding: Wiess Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship.


PhD 2014 – 2018

Total syntheses of scarcely available Stemona alkaloids utilizing organocatalytic strategies. Additionally work towards Waltherione and Palmyrolide alkaloids. Computational studies on key step mechanisms.

Minor in university pedagogy.

Advisor: prof. Petri Pihko, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Funding: Academy of Finland, Alfred Kordelin foundation (Komppa trust), and Wihuri foundation.

PhD Research visit 2017

Applications of Lewis acid templated [2,3]-rearrangements in total syntheses of Cephalotaxus alkaloids.

Advisor: prof. Peter Somfai, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Funding: Department of chemistry travel grant (University of Jyväskylä).

MSc 2009 – 2014

Organocatalytic enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-Greek tobacco lactone.

Minors in mathematics and computer science.

Advisor: prof. Petri Pihko, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Finland.


Wiess Favourite Professor Dinner 2019

Invited by the CHEM213 spring class, Rice University.

Diploma for Excellence in Teaching 2016

Awarded by the chemistry students’ association, University of Jyväskylä.

International Chemistry Olympics 2009

Represented Finland in a team of four.

Achievements in Chemistry Prize 2009

Oxford University press. This was the first time the prize was awarded to a high school student.

Excellence in Natural Sciences Medal 2009

Awarded by the LUMA center to high-school graduates showing extraordinary interest in natural sciences.

Academic Credits

Co-supervised investigations fulfilling the requirements of

M.Sc. (Chemistry) 6 times

B.Sc. (Chemistry) 9 times

Grants and research funding

1/2020–12/2020 – Postdoctoral grant, Oskar Huttunen foundation

1/2019–12/2019 – Wiess teaching postdoctoral fellowship, Rice University

12/2017–12/2018 – Personal 12-month research grant, Wihuri foundation

5/2017 – Departmental travel grant, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Chemistry

8/2015 – Travel grant, Alfred Kordelin foundation (Komppa trust)


1/15/2020 – “Tools and Strategies for Total Synthesis of Alkaloids”, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.