Origin of Life

Tanja Gaich

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10th June 2016, 16:15
Astrophysical Sources of Energy for Life



Tanja Gaich (born 1980) studied Chemistry and Biology at the Universities of Salzburg (Austria) and Vienna (Austria). After completing her diploma thesis at the University of Vienna (2005) she received her doctorate degree under the supervision of Prof. Dr. J. Mulzer (University of Vienna 2009) for research on the synthesis of furanocembranolides. She then conducted post-doctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute with Prof. Dr. Phil S. Baran. In 2010, she joined the Leibniz University of Hannover as an independent researcher and lecturer, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with a Sofja Kovalevskaja prize. Her work was recognized by the Academy of Sciences of Göttingen (Chemie-Preis 2014), the Young Researcher Award of the SFP858 (Münster 2014), and the Thieme Journal Award (2011). Her research is centered around the total synthesis of natural products and is therefore based at the core of organic chemistry. In her research program she aims for the synthesis of complex molecular architectures by establishing "artificial natural product systems".


Selected papers


Krüger S, Gaich T (2014) Enantioselective, Protecting Group free Total Synthesis of Sarpagine Alkaloids— A Generalized Approach. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Early View.

Stempel E, Gritsch PJ, Gaich T (2013) Enantioselective Synthesis of Cyclohepta[b]indoles: Gram- Scale Synthesis of (S)-SIRT-Inhibitor IV. Org. Lett., 15, 5472-5475.

Schwarzer DD, Gritsch PJ, Gaich T (2012) Mimicking the Dimethylallyltryptophan Synthase - Experimental Evidence for a Biosynthetic Cope Rearrangement Process. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 11514-11516.

Gaich T, Mulzer J (2010) From Silphinenes to Penifulvins: A Biomimetic Approach to Penifulvins B and C. Org. Lett. 2010, 272-275.

Seiple IB, Shun S, Young IS, Nakamura A, Yamaguchi J, Jørgensen L, Rodriguez R A, O’Malley DA, Gaich T, Köck M, Baran PS (2011) Catalytic enantioselective Total Synthese of (-)-palau’amine, (-)-axinellamines, and (-)-massadines. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 14710-14726.

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