Garg Research Group

Natural Product Synthesis & Reaction Discovery


About Neil

Neil K. Garg, Ph.D.

Professor & Vice Chair

B.S., New York University (2000)

Ph.D., Caltech (2005)

NIH postdoctoral fellow, UC Irvine (2005–2007)


Office: (310) 825-1536

5505C Molecular Sciences Building

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Professor Garg received a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University where he did undergraduate research with Professor Marc Walters. During his undergraduate years, he spent several months in Strasbourg, France while conducting research with Professor Mir Wais Hosseini at Université Louis Pasteur as an NSF REU Fellow. Garg obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Brian Stoltz. He then joined Professor Larry Overman’s research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar. Garg joined the faculty at UCLA in 2007. In 2012, he was promoted to Associate Professor and began serving as Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2013, he was promoted to Full Professor.

Honors and Awards

  1. Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement, 2016

  2. Royal Society of Chemistry’s Merck Award, 2016

  3. Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016

  4. Thieme-IUPAC Prize, 2016

  5. Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award, 2016

  6. California’s US Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015

  7. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2015

  8. Gold Shield Faculty Prize, 2015

  9. Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2015–2016

  10. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

  11. UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award & Eby Award for the Art of Teaching, 2014

  12. Mortar Board National Honors Society, UCLA Honorary Faculty Member Award, 2014

  13. Dr. Robert M. Stevenson Faculty-in-Residence Award, UCLA Office of Residential Life, 2014

  14. Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2013

  15. UCLA Bruinwalk’s Professor of the Year, 2013

  16. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

  17. S. T. Li Prize for Achievements in Science and Technology, 2012

  18. ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grantee Award, 2012

  19. Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  20. A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  21. Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

  22. UCLA Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011

  23. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  24. AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  25. Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  26. Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  27. DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  28. NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  29. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  30. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  31. Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  32. UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  33. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

  34. National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award, 2006–2010

  35. National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005–2006

  36. Herbert Newby McCoy Thesis Award at the California Institute of Technology, 2005

  37. Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

  38. National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2001–2004

  39. Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  40. George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  41. American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  42. New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

  43. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, 1999