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Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D.

Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D., a chemist and Nobel laureate, has been a Professor of Chemistry at Caltech since 1978. He and two associates won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for “the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis." The Grubbs group developed a family of ruthenium catalysts for this now widely used chemical reaction, which is the basis for developing small cyclic molecules or peptides for use in drug discovery. An early application from the Caltech group was the development of cyclic and helical stapled peptides. Scientists continued to build on this work, which ultimately led to the creation of active pharmaceuticals. Before moving to the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Grubbs was at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan from 1969 to 1978, where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Grubbs has been a founder or scientific advisor to numerous technology and pharmaceutical companies. He has received numerous professional fellowships and awards. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Grubbs received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University.

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