• Biographical Description

  • We are an organic synthesis group that utilizes mechanistic insight to solve problems in catalysis and small molecule probe design. For more information please see our research page.

  • Education and Experience

    2014-Present  Assistant Professor - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  

    2013-2014      American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

    2011-2014      Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

       Mentor: Professor Christopher J. Chang

       Research Area: Development of Probes for the Detection of CO and Reactive Oxygen Species

    2006-2011     Graduate Student, University of Utah

       Mentor: Professor Matthew S. Sigman

       Thesis: Development of TBHP-Mediated Wacker-Type Oxidations: Application and Mechanistic Insight

    2006             B.S., Chemistry, Western Washington University

       Mentor: Professor James R. Vyvyan

       Research Area: Enantioselective Synthesis of Heliannuols

  • Contact Information

  • Office: 303.871.2595

    Email: Brian.Michel at du.edu

    Office: S.G. Mudd 232

    Labs: S.G. Mudd 239 and 241

  • Group News

  • 12-17-18 Congrats Sacha

    Congratulations to Sacha Toussaint on being selected as 1 of "7 chemistry accounts we love on Instagram"


  • 11-2-18 Congrats

    As of 11-2-18 Sacha's BEP paper was the 15th most read paper over the last 30 days in JACS! Congrats

  • 10-29-18

    Congrats to Brandon and Max on their publication in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry!

  • 10/9/18

    Congrats to Sacha and former undergraduate Ryan on their publication in JACS.



  • 5/17/17 - Congrats to Max

    Max McCallum is the 2017 recipient of the Ouststanding Undergraduate in Organic Chemistry (Balafas) Award!

  • 5/12/17 - Congrats to Sacha

    Sacha won the “Top Research Award” from the University of Denver Research and Performance Summit 

  • 10/15/16- Congrats to Brandon

    Brandon placed 2nd in the KIHA grand opening poster presentation!

  • 5/20/16

    Meyers Symposium


  • Meyers Symposium CSU

  • 12/14/15

    Welcome to the group Brandon Taylor (1st year graduate rotation student)

  • 9/29/15

    Welcome to the group Michael Schillinger (undergraduate) and Sacha Toussaint (1st year graduate rotation student)

  • 8/16/2015.JPG

    Group outing to the Rockies game!

  • 5/27/2015

    Congratulations to Stephen Moss for winning this years’ Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the entire division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics!

  • 5/25/2015

    Welcome to the group undergraduate Ryan Calkins!

  • 3/21/2015

    Stop by and get some info about the DU chemistry department at ACS tomorrow and come see the Michel group poster on Wednesday evening.

  • 11/26/2014

    Welcome to the group Leigh Gregg, who will be doing inter-term research in our lab!

  • 10/29/2014

    Congratulations to Professor Tsuji for sharing the 2014 Tetrahedron prize with Professor Trost. My entire PhD work was on the development of new Wacker oxidations.



  • 10/20/2014

    Welcome to the group Flo Bachrach!

  • 10/13/2014

    Check out Brian's recent paper in JACS:


  • 9/24/2014

    Welcome to the group Jae Ermer

  • 9/3/2014

    Welcome to the group Lusha Xu! 

  • 8/4/2014

    Welcome to the group Stephen Moss!

This portfolio last updated: 09-Jul-2019 4:25 PM