2011 New faculty member, Dr. Kevin Minbiole:
Kevin P. C. Minbiole began his appointment in the Villanova University chemistry department in August 2011. He earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, working with Paul Helquist. He then moved on to earn his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania in the research group of Amos Smith, III, completing the total synthesis of phorboxazole A. Following this was a two-year postdoctoral stint at Harvard University under Andy Myers, funded by the American Cancer Society. From 2003-2011, KPCM developed a natural products-themed undergraduate research group at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (with the exception of Fall 2006, spent as a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The JMU research group developed novel tools for heterocycle synthesis, identified key antifungal metabolites from amphibians’ skin bacteria, and prepared new antibacterials with a double-headed amphiphilic structure. Kevin, his wife Emily, and their three young sons are excited to reconnect with family and friends in the Philadelphia area.