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)


Email: neilgarg@chem.ucla.edu

Office: (310) 825-1536

5505C Molecular Sciences Building


Download Neil’s CV

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. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

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

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

  10. Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  11. A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  12. Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

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

  14. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  15. AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  16. Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  17. Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  18. DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  19. NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  20. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  21. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  22. Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  23. UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  24. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

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

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

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

  28. Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

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

  30. Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  31. George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  32. American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  33. New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

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