Patrick G. Harran

D.J. & J.M. Cram Chair in Organic Chemistry

B.A., Skidmore College (1990)
Ph.D., Yale University (1995)
NIH postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University (1997)
5505A Molecular Sciences Building
Office: (310) 825-6463


Professor Harran received his bachelors degree from Skidmore College in New York. He obtained a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995 and completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in 1997. That fall, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In 2005, he was promoted to Full Professor and named the Mar Nell & F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry. He joined the faculty at UCLA in July 2008 as the inaugural D.J. & J.M. Cram Chair in Organic Chemistry.


  • Inaugural Robert Foster Cherry Lecture on Research and Education, 2019
  • JSPS Fellow and International Organic Chemistry Foundation Yoshida Lectureship, 2017
  • Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2016
  • Visiting Professor - University of Munster, 2015
  • Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Award - Alpha Chi Sigma, 2009
  • Norman Hackerman Prize of the Robert A. Welch Foundation, 2007
  • E. Bright Wilson Prize - Harvard University, 2005
  • Merck Research Laboratories Chemistry Council Award, 2005-2007
  • Mar Nell and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair, 2005
  • Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, 2003
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Skidmore College, 2003
  • Eli Lilly Grantee, 2003-2004
  • AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2002
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2002-2004
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2000-2004
  • National Research Service Award, Stanford University, 1995-1997
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellow, Yale University, 1993
  • American Institute of Chemists Award, Skidmore College, 1990
  • Highest Departmental Honors in Chemistry, Skidmore College, 1990
  • One Year Advanced Admission, Skidmore College, 1986
  • Affiliations

  • Molecular Biology Institute (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Member - UCLA Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center