Garg Research Group

Natural Product Synthesis & Reaction Discovery


About Neil

Neil K. Garg, Ph.D.


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. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012, and then to Full Professor in 2013.  He has served as Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2012-2016) and currently serves as Faculty-in-Residence in the UCLA undergraduate community.

Honors and Awards

  1. Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, Finalist, 2018

  2. Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, 2018 (Watch Neil’s Public Lecture) (NY Times)

  3. Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, Finalist, 2017

  4. Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis, 2017

  5. Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement, 2016

  6. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016

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

  8. Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016

  9. Thieme-IUPAC Prize, 2016

  10. Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award, 2016

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

  12. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2015

  13. Gold Shield Faculty Prize, 2015

  14. Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2015–2016

  15. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  21. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

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

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

  24. Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  25. A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  26. Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

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

  28. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  29. AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  30. Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  31. Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  32. DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  33. NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  34. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  35. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  36. Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  37. UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  38. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

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

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

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

  42. Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

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

  44. Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  45. George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  46. American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  47. New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

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