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Faculty: Dr. Michael Barbachyn

Michael Barbachyn, Ph.D.

Office: DeVries Hall 333
Phone: (616) 526-8588
Fax: (616) 526-6501

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Publications & Chapters


Detailed Research Plans


  • B.A., Chemistry, Calvin College, 1979
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Wayne State University, 1983
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 1983-1985

Thesis: β-Hydroxysulfoximine-Directed Cyclopropanations and Osmylations
Advisor: Dr. Carl R. Johnson

Professional History

  • Brummel Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 2012-present
  • Director, Infection Discovery, AstraZeneca, Waltham, MA, 2007-2012
  • Director, Antibacterial Chemistry, Pfizer, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003-2007
  • Associate Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacia, Kalamazoo, MI, 2000-2003
  • Group Leader, Hepatitis C Project, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT, 1998-1999
  • Scientist I-IV, The Upjohn Company and Pharmacia and Upjohn, Kalamazoo, MI, 1985-1998


  • Chem 261 & 262L: Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 262 & 262L: Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Development of novel synthetic methodology
  • Identification of unique bioisosteres with applicability in pharmaceutical agents
  • Design and preparation of novel anti-infective agents with activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens

Hobbies & Interests

  • Digital photography with an emphasis on active subjects
  • Consulting in the pharmaceutical industry



Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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