Simon B. Blakey, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Emory University
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Simon B. Blakey, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. He came to Emory University in 2005 after completing his postdoctoral training at California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Blakey received his PhD in Chemistry from University of Cambridge (UK) in 2002. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in 2005.


The goal of Dr. Blakey's research is to develop synthetic methodology that will allow to prepare members of the malagashanine alkaloids – a structurally novel class of alkaloids that have been shown to potentiate chloroquine against chloroquine resistant malaria parasites. The synthetic methodology development and total synthesis activities will provide material that will be used to evaluate the mechanism of action of malagashanine. Additionally, the flexible synthetic strategy will allow and SAR study to be undertaken.


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Dr. Blakey has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Recognition for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship, 2010
  • NSF Career Award, 2009
  • Thieme Synlett/Synthesis Journal Award, 2009
  • Lilly New Faculty Award, 2005
  • Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Cambridge, 2001
  • Trinity College External Research Scholarship, 2001

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