Full name: Juha Henrik Siitonen

Date of birth: 05/12/1990

Nationality: Finnish

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

Office: BRC 379

Lab: BRC 380

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


Wiess Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow 2019 –

Total synthesis of natural products, method development, computational chemistry, and chemistry education research.

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

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, 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, 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.


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

1/2020–12/2019 – Postdoctoral grant, Oskar Huttunen foundation

1/2019–12/2019 – Wiess teaching postdoctoral fellow, 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)