Garg Research Group

Natural Product Synthesis & Reaction Discovery


About Neil

Neil K. Garg, Ph.D.

Professor and Kenneth N. Trueblood 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

Neil Garg’s CV

Watch Neil’s TEDx talk

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. In 2018, Garg was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Honors and Awards

  1. ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education, 2019

  2. Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2018

  3. Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, Finalist, 2018

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

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

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

  7. Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement, 2016

  8. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016

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

  10. Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016

  11. Thieme-IUPAC Prize, 2016

  12. Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award, 2016

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

  14. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2015

  15. Gold Shield Faculty Prize, 2015

  16. Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2015–2016

  17. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  23. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

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

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

  26. Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  27. A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  28. Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

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

  30. UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  31. AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  32. Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  33. Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  34. DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  35. NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  36. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  37. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  38. Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  39. UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  40. UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

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

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

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

  44. Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

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

  46. Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  47. George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  48. American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  49. New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

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