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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About Neil

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. Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2015–2016

  2. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

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

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

  11. Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  12. A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  13. Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

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

  15. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  16. AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  17. Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  18. Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  19. DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  20. NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  21. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  22. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  23. Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  24. UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  25. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

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

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

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

  29. Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

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

  31. Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  32. George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  33. American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  34. New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

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