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Samuel E. Watson

Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Stanford UniversityM.S., San Francisco State UniversityPh.D., Princeton University


I am a synthetic organic chemist who specializes in the synthesis of biologically active molecules that have possible medicinal interest as chemotherapeutic agents. I have experience working in industry and am originally from California. I teach undergraduate organic chemistry and graduate advanced organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry and organic synthesis.


Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Heterocyclic Chemistry


  • Co-author, “Synthesis of 7,6-Fused bicyclic Lactams for Use as Beta-turn Mimics,” published in Synthetic Communications (2006)
  • Author, “Synthesis of 4-Methyl Pyrrolo[2,3-b]xanthone, a Novel Ring System,” published in Synthetic Communications (2005)
  • Co-author, “An Improved Synthesis of 7,5-Fused Bicyclic Lactams for Use as Peptidomimetics,” published in Synthetic Communications (2005)
  • Co-author, “Silicon-Containing Antifolates,” published in Tetrahedron (1999)
  • Author, “Synthesis of Protected 5-Formylpyrido[2,3-d]Pyrimidine Via a 2,3,4-Trisubstituted Pyridine Using an Ortho-Lithiation Strategy; Application to the Synthesis of a Folate Derivative,” published in Heterocycles (1998)
  • Co-author, “Novel Methodology for the Preparation of 5-Substituted Tetrahydro[2,3-d]Pyrimidines,” published in Synthetic Communications (1998)
  • Author, “Novel Pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidine Ring Forming Methodology,” published in Synthetic Communications (1998)
  • Co-author, “Organic Chemistry, Laboratory Manual, 3rd Ed.” (2004)


  • Honors at Entrance, Stanford University
  • Graduation with Honors, Stanford University
  • American Cyanamid Commendation for Research Award (1989)
  • Miles Pickering Excellence in Instruction Award, Princeton University (1991)
  • Release Time Awards, Long Island University (1996-2000)
  • David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence, Long Island University (2002)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, New York Academy of Science