We use synthetic chemistry, both organic and inorganic, as a tool to design and construct new molecules for targeted applications. We are particularly interested in the social dilemmas of climate change and antibiotic resistance. Interestingly, both problems can be thought as examples of tragedies of the commons.
Our current research efforts are centered in two key areas:
1) Development of novel catalysts for the activation of small molecules (CO2, O2, H2O). Use of heavy atom isotope effects to study reaction mechanisms in chemical and biological systems.
2) Design and synthesis of compounds with medicinal properties that take advantage of the important role of metal ions in biological systems. Our approach involves synthesizing novel molecules and characterizing them with an arsenal of physical, chemical and spectroscopic data. In recent years, we have focused on the synthesis of peptides and peptidomimetics.
Diversity in our lab
The Angeles-Boza lab aims to provide an environment that is free of prejudices of any kind. We are firm believers that working in a space where mutual respect is at its core increases our likelihood of learning and research successes. We are proud to be part of a diverse community and campus, and believe that reflecting these qualities in the research laboratory can make a difference to everyone, especially those that identify as part of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences.
We also aim to provide an equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their nationality, sexual orientation, gender, religious beliefs, cultural background, disability, race, or skin color. We embrace and celebrate you for who you are. Together we commit to supporting each other as scientists and Huskies.
Please, contact us if you want to get involved in our scientific enterprise.