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Jérôme Waser

Laboratory of Catalysis and Organic Synthesis, EPFL

  • Full Professor

About Jérôme Waser

Jérôme Waser studied chemistry at the ETH Zurich. After a summer internship at Lonza AG in Visp in 2000, he chose organic chemistry as specialization and obtained his Diploma under the supervision of Prof. Erick M. Carreira and Dr. Christian Fischer in 2001. In 2002, he started his PhD studies at the ETH Zurich also under the supervision of Prof. Erick M. Carreira. During his PhD, he worked on the development of new metal-catalyzed amination reactions, which culminated in a new access to azides and hydrazines directly from olefins. After obtaining his PhD in 2006, he joined the group of Prof. Barry M. Trost at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow. While at Stanford, he worked on the total synthesis of Pseudolaric Acid B, a diterpene natural product displaying interesting antifungal, antifertility and antitumor activity.

At the EPFL, he is Head of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Organic Synthesis (LCSO). His research is focused on investigating the reactivity of organic molecules, often combined with catalysis. We are especially interested in developing new bioconjugation methods targeting specific amino acids, such as cysteine, tyrosine or tryptophan as well as biorthogonal reactions based on non-natural amino acids. We developed methods for peptide stapling, and introduced macrocyclic fluorescent peptides that can be used as photocatalysts to modify proteins

Read more about Jérôme Waser’s research on his lab website.


BCH 4306 (Batochime UNIL)
Av. F.-A. Forel 2
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)21 69 39388, +41 (0)21 69 39782