Timothy Vanden Berg


First name: Timothy

Surname: Vanden Berg

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I graduated with First Class Honours in Chemistry from the University of Queensland (UQ), for which I was awarded the Wilmar Sugar Prize in Chemistry for achieving the highest standard in the program.  Prior to joining the Fairlie Group, I undertook research in organic chemistry at UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience.  During this time I designed and executed the first asymmetric total synthesis of the natural product EBC-329.  I have also solved x-ray structures for multiple peer-reviewed publications.


Current Research: 

I am designing and synthesising small molecules that modulate the activity of a G-protein coupled receptor.



Houston, Sevan D.; Xing, Hui; Bernhardt, Paul V.; Vanden Berg, Timothy J.; Tsanaktsidis, John; Savage, G. Paul; Williams, Craig M. Cyclooctatetraenes through Valence Isomerization of Cubanes: Scope and Limitations. Chemistry - A European Journal 2019 doi:10.1002/chem.201805124


Pinkerton, David M.; Chow, Sharon; Eisa, Nada H.; Kainth, Kashish; Vanden Berg, Timothy J.; Burns, Jed M.; Guddat, Luke W.; Savage, G. Paul; Chadli, Ahmed; Williams, Craig M. Synthesis of the seco‐Limonoid BCD Ring System Identifies a Hsp90 Chaperon Machinery (p23) Inhibitor. Chemistry – A European Journal 2019, 25, 1451. doi:10.1002/chem.201805420


Vanden Berg, Timothy J.; Pinkerton, David M.; Williams, Craig M. 7-Step total synthesis of (+)-EBC-329: Photoisomerisation reveals new seco-casbane family member. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 2017, 15, 7102. doi:10.1039/c7ob01400g  (This paper was selected for inclusion in the themed issue 2017 Hot Articles in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.)


Pinkerton, David M.; Vanden Berg, Timothy J.; Bernhardt, Paul V.; Williams, Craig M. Gaining Synthetic Appreciation for the Gedunin ABC Ring System. Chemistry – A European Journal 2017, 23, 2282. doi:10.1002/chem.201605751

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