Ramesh Giri, Principal Investigator


Education (Curriculum Vitae)

  • M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Tribhuvan University – 2000
  • M.Phil. in Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Cambridge – 2003
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute – 2009
  • Postdoctoral l Fellow in Chemistry, UC-Berkeley/UIUC – 2012

Ramesh Giri was born in Chitwan, Nepal and graduated with distinction from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) with an MSc in Organic Chemistry in 2000 under the supervision of Prof. S. M. Tuladhar. As a Shell Centenary Scholar, he received his MPhil in Bioorganic Chemistry in 2003 from the University of Cambridge (UK) with Prof. J. B. Spencer. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2009 with Prof. Jin-Quan Yu, where he studied Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization. As a postdoctoral fellow in the research laboratory of Prof. John F. Hartwig at UC Berkeley/UIUC, he conducted mechanistic studies on Ullmann amination and biaryl ether forming processes. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor .

Professor Giri’s research group is interested in developing transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations and investigating their reaction mechanisms. Particularly, his group is interested in identifying and solving chemical problems that have broad impacts in the areas of energy, materials and health. His group is adopting innovative strategies to develop new reactions that utilize the unique properties of transition metals in different oxidation states in order to solve these problems. In this front, much of his research group’s work focuses on the design and synthesis of new hybrid ligands/catalysts.