Full name: Juha Henrik Siitonen
Date of birth: 05/12/1990
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.
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.
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.