Vy M. Dong

Professor

office: 4206 Natural Science I
tel: 949-824-9758
email: dongv@uci.edu

Education

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2004
M.S. University of California at Berkeley, 2000
B.S. University of California at Irvine, 1998

Professional Appointments

Full Professor University of California at Irvine
Oct 2012 to present.
Associate Professor University of Toronto
July 2010 to Sep 2013.
Assistant Professor University of Toronto
July 2006 to June 2010.

Biosketch

Vy Dong was born in Big Spring, Texas and spent early childhood in west Texas before moving with family to Anaheim, California. She graduated magna cum laude from UC Irvine where she majored in chemistry and completed an honor's project with Larry Overman. After graduation, she joined David MacMillan's group at UC Berkeley, and then moved with his group to Caltech to complete her doctoral studies. Her Ph.D. thesis featured variants of the zwitterionic-Claisen rearrangement and a total synthesis of erythronolide B. As an NIH postdoctoral fellow, Vy pursued training in organometallic and supramolecular chemistry with Robert Bergman and Kenneth Raymond at Berkeley. She began her independent academic career at the University of Toronto, where she was promoted with tenure and named the Adrian Brook Professor. After six years in Canada, Vy returned to the United States to assume a professorship at her alma mater, UC Irvine. Professor Dong's research team is interested in new reaction methods, enantioselective catalysis, and natural product synthesis.

Honors and Awards

  • The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan, 2013 Lectureship
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2013)
  • Novartis Chemistry Lecturer (2012-2013)
  • Eli Lilly Grantee Award (2011-2012)
  • Roche Excellence Award in Chemistry (2011)
  • ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2010) link
  • Adrian Brook Distinguished Professor (2011)
  • Early Researcher Award (2010)
  • Amgen Young Investigator (2010)
  • AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry (2010-2012)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2009-2011)
  • Inaugural Eli Lilly Young Investigator Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009)
  • CNC-IUPAC Travel Award (2009) link
  • Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry (2008-2011)
  • Ontario Research Fund (2008-2011)
  • Connaught New Staff Matching Grant (2007)
  • Merck Frosst Young Investigator Award (2007)
  • Thieme Synlett/Synthesis Journal Award (2007)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-06)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1999-2003)
  • Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Graduate Research from Iota Sigma Pi (2002)
  • American Chemical Society Poster Award Winner, Pacifichem ACS Conference (2000)
  • Don L. Bunker Honor’s Thesis Prize, UC Irvine, (1998)
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, UC Irvine (1998)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1998)
  • Pfizer Organic Chemistry Fellowship (1997)
  • Brookhaven National Lab Nuclear and Radiochemistry Fellowship (1997)


Scientific and Editorial Advisory Boards

  • Associate Editor for Chemical Science (2015-present)
  • Corvinus Chemicals (2014-present)
  • Cambridge Major Laboratories (2014)
  • Organometallics Advisory Board (2013-2015)
  • Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry Associate Editor (2012-2015)
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board (2012-2016)
  • Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry International Advisory Board (2012 to 2016)
  • Organic Letters Editorial Advisory Board (2011-2014)
  • Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis Academic Advisory Board (2011-2016)


TEDxUCIrvine




Invited Lectures

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, November 10, 2017
  • 19th OMCOS (Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis), Jeju Island, South Korea, June 25-29, 2017
  • KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea, June 19-20, 2017
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, May 24, 2017
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, April 11, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, University of California Chemical Symposium (UCCS), Lake Arrowhead, California, March 29-31, 2017
  • California State University, Long Beach, California, November 30, 2016
  • CCHF (The Center for Selective C–H Functionalization) Virtual Symposium 04, June 7, 2016
  • Student-Invited Lecture, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, February 19, 2016
  • C-H Functionalization Symposium, Pacifichem, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2015
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore, December 11, 2015
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, November 23, 2015
  • ACS Western Regional Meeting, California State University of San Marcos, California, November 7, 2015
  • Eminent Chemistry Lecture, Irvine, California, October 22, 2015
  • Organic Synthesis and Drug Development, Nanjing, China, October 16-18, 2015
  • Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, October 12, 2015
  • 5th Conference on Frontiers in Organic Synthesis Technology, NSFC-RSC, Shanghai, China, October 8-10, 2015
  • Natural Products GRC, Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire, July 26-31, 2015
  • Shionogi Inc., Amagasaki, Japan, July 16, 2015
  • Third International Symposium on Process Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan, July 13-15, 2015
  • Biogen, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 18, 2015
  • Merck Chemistry Summit, Skytop Lodge, Poconos, Pennsylvania, June 7-9, 2015
  • Larock Undergraduate Conference, University of California at Davis, Davis, California, May 16, 2015
  • TEDx UCIrvine, Barclay Theater, Irvine, California, May 8, 2015
  • El Camino College, Torrance, California, April 28, 2015
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, April 7, 2015
  • Burkett Lecturer, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, March 12, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, RACI National Convention, Adelaide, Australia, December 7-12, 2014
  • The Boston Women in Chemistry Symposium (HWIC) Speaker, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 4, 2014
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, September 23, 2014
  • Gilead Sciences, Foster City, California, September 16, 2014
  • Pomona College, Claremont, California, September 9, 2014
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco, California, August 18, 2014
  • ISACS 14, Challenges in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Shanghai, China, August 7-10, 2014
  • Plenary Lecture, ACS Graduate Research Symposium, Beckman Center, Irvine, California, July 24-27, 2014
  • Gordon Research Conference: Organic Reactions & Processes, Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, July 13-18, 2014
  • The 2nd International Symposium on C-H bond activation, Rennes, France, June 30-July 3, 2014
  • ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, North Bethesda, Maryland, June 19, 2014
  • Cambridge Major Laboratories, Germantown, Wisconsin, May 6, 2014
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 2, 2014
  • University of California at Davis, Davis, California, April 22, 2014
  • University of California at Riverside, Riverside, California, April 9, 2014
  • DuPont Crop Protection, Newark, Delaware, March 26, 2014
  • Advances in C-H Functionalization, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20, 2014
  • 16th Biennial Lilly Grantee Symposium, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 10, 2014
  • Keynote Lecture, Organic Reactions Catalysis Society Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, March 2-6, 2014
  • Aldrich Lecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 20, 2014
  • Isotopes in Biology and Chemistry GRC, Galveston, Texas, February 2-7, 2014
  • Greater Indianapolis Organic Seminar Series (Dow, IUPUI, Eli Lilly), Indianapolis, Indiana, January 21, 2014
  • California State University, Fullerton, California, October 24, 2013
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, October 16, 2013
  • RIKEN, Wako, Japan, October 1, 2013
  • Tokyo Agriculture and Technology University, Tokyo, Japan, September 30, 2013
  • Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, September 27, 2013
  • Kyoto University, Katsura Campus, Kyoto, Japan, September 26, 2013
  • Kyoto University, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto, Japan, September 24, 2013
  • Osaka University, Suita Campus, Osaka, Japan, September 20, 2013
  • The 30th Seminar of Organic Synthesis, Kojima, Okayama, Japan, September 17-19, 2013
  • Larry Overman's Birthday Symposium, Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 12, 2013
  • Symposium in Honor of John Hartwig, 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 9, 2013
  • Columbia University, New York, New York, September 3, 2013
  • Institut Català d'Investigació Química, Tarragona, Spain, June 28, 2013
  • Novartis Lectureship, Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, June 26, 2013
  • Plenary Lecture, 40th Lakeland Heterocyclic Symposium, Grasmere, UK, May 9-13, 2013
  • Novartis Lectureship, Novartis, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 7, 2013
  • Benzene Student-Invited Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 2013
  • California State University, Los Angeles, California, April 23, 2013
  • Genomics Institute of Novartis Research Foundation, San Diego, California, April 19, 2013
  • Organometallic C-H Bond Activation, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9-10, 2013
  • Discover the Physical Sciences Breakfast Lecture, UC Irvine, Irvine, California, January 29, 2013
  • Green Chemistry Symposium, Pfizer, La Jolla, California, December 6, 2012
  • University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California, November 26, 2012
  • Novartis Global Discovery, Emeryville, California, November 15, 2012
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, November 5, 2012
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, October 25, 2012
  • Welch Foundation Conference, Houston, Texas, October 22-23, 2012
  • Novartis Lecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 15-16, 2012
  • Novartis, Shanghai, China, October 11, 2012
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, October 10, 2012
  • Innovation on Organic Chemistry: Homogeneous C-H Transformations, Peking University, Beijing, China, October 5-8, 2012
  • Science Lecture Series, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, September 14, 2012
  • Stereochemistry Gordon Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, July 29-August 3, 2012
  • Natural Products Gordon Conference, Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire, July 22-27, 2012
  • Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, July 8-13, 2012
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim, Germany, June 26, 2012
  • University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, June 25, 2012
  • RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany, June 22, 2012
  • University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany, June 21, 2012
  • BobFest 2012, A celebration of Robert Bergman's 70th Birthday, Berkeley, California, June 16, 2012
  • French American Chemical Society XIV Meeting, Nantasket, Massachusetts, June 10-14, 2012
  • 47th Bürgenstock Conference, Lake Lucerne, Brunnen, Switzerland, April 29 - May 4, 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 26, 2012
  • Boehringer Ingelheim, Ridgefield, Connecticut, April 25, 2012
  • Plenary Lecture, 11th Anglo Norman Organic Chemistry Colloquium (ANORCQ 11), Normandy, France, April 15-17, 2012
  • Equipe de Catalyse Moléculaire, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay cedex, France, April 13, 2012
  • Université de Rennes, Rennes, France, April 12, 2012
  • Symposium in Honor of Oleg V. Ozerov, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, California, March 26, 2012
  • Plenary Speaker, Atlantic Inorganic Discussion Weekend (AIDW), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, March 23-25th, 2012
  • Chemistry Student Union, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 2012
  • Distinguished Women in Science Colloquia, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, February 9-10, 2012
  • 8th CRC International Symposium on Cross-Coupling & Organometallics, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 4, 2012
  • CGCC Lecture, University de Laval, Laval, Quebec, Canada, February 3, 2012
  • CGCC Lecture, University de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, February 2, 2012
  • CGCC Lecture, University de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February 1, 2012
  • Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis (CGCC) Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 31, 2012
  • AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Awards Symposium, AstraZeneca, Boston, Massachusetts, December 6, 2011
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, December 1, 2011
  • Key Note Speaker, Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin Symposium, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, October 10, 2011
  • Entretiens Jacques Cartier Colloquium, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 29-30, 2011
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 28, 2011
  • Symposium on Transition-metal Mediated C-X Bond Formation, 242nd ACS National Meeting, Denver, Colorado, August 31, 2011
  • Cope Scholar Award Symposium, 242nd ACS National Meeting, Denver, Colorado, August 30, 2011
  • 4th International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry, St. Petersburg, Russia, August 21-25, 2011
  • Gordon Research Conference: Heterocyclic Compounds, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, June 26-July 1, 2011
  • Plenary Lecture, 42nd National Organic Symposium, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, June 5 to June 9, 2011
  • Genentech Inc, San Francisco, California, May 31, 2011
  • Roche Symposium on Excellence in Chemistry, Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, New Jersey, May 23, 2011
  • 10th Annual Bill Carruthers Symposium, University of York, Heslington, York, UK, May 20, 2011
  • Syngenta, Jealott's Hill, UK, May 19, 2011
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, May 10, 2011
  • Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois, May 9, 2011
  • Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, April 19, 2011
  • University of North Carolina at Chaphill, Chaphill, NC, April 15, 2011
  • Eli Lilly Lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 11, 2011
  • Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, Gordon Research Conference, Galveston, Texas, March 6-11, 2011
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, March 2, 2011
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 24, 2011
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, February 15, 2011
  • University of Oregon, Organometallic Skiposium, Eugene, Oregon, February 10-13, 2011
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, February 9, 2011
  • Allergan Lecturer, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, January 24-28, 2011
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, January 21 2011
  • Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, January 14 2011
  • International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem), Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2010
  • Amgen Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 3, 2010
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, November 29, 2010
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, November 19, 2010
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, November 10, 2010
  • Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, November 9, 2010
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Distinguished Lecture at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, November 1, 2010
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, October 29, 2010
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, October 22, 2010
  • Key Note Speaker, Green Chemistry Symposium, Pfizer Inc, Groton, Connecticut, October 19, 2010
  • 4th International Forum on Homogeneous Catalysis, Kunming, China, October 7-11, 2010
  • Amgen, Young Investigator’s Symposium, Thousand Oaks, California, October 7, 2010
  • Novartis Horsham Research Centre, Horsham, West Sussex, UK, September 28, 2010
  • 30th Gregynog Synthesis Symposium , University of Wales, UK, Sept 24-26, 2010
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, September 21, 2010
  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Process Chemistry, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 15, 2010
  • Sepracor, Marlborough, Massachusetts, August 26, 2010
  • Young Academic Investigators Symposium, 240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August 24, 2010
  • Plenary Lecture, International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS), San Francisco, California, July 6-9, 2010
  • High Throughput Chemistry and Chemical Biology Gordon Research Conference, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, June 20, 2010
  • Johnson & Johnson PRD, San Diego, California, June 7, 2010
  • ACS North East Regional Meeting, Potsdam, New York, June 4, 2010
  • Ask a Laureate Symposium, Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 7, 2010
  • Merck, Rahway, New Jersey, April 21, 2010
  • Lexicon, Princeton, New Jersey, April 20, 2010
  • H. C. Brown Award Symposium for Larry Overman, 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 23, 2010
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, January 21, 2010
  • University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, January 15, 2010
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 13, 2010
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 8, 2010
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, December 9, 2009
  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, December 4, 2009
  • Merck, Westpoint, Pennsylvania, December 1, 2009
  • University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, November 27, 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 23, 2009
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, November 16, 2009
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, November 10, 2009
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, October 29, 2009
  • University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, October 28, 2009
  • Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois, August 26, 2009
  • Eli Lilly and Company, ACC Summer Seminar Series, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 18, 2009
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, August 11, 2009
  • NSF 40th Annual Workshop on Organic Synthesis, Gold Lake, Colorado, June 4-7, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, Eli Lilly Young Investigator Lecture, Madison, Wisconsin, May 12, 2009
  • Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, April 29, 2009
  • Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Shanghai, China, April 21, 2009
  • Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China, April 20, 2009
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2009
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas, February 4, 2009
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, February 3, 2009
  • University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, January 7, 2009
  • Merck Frosst, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, December 4, 2008
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November 21, 2008
  • Amgen, San Francisco, California, November 13, 2008
  • Foster Colloquia's Student-Invited Speaker, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, October 31, 2008
  • Pfizer Symposium at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 1, 2008
  • Boehringer Ingelheim R&D, Laval, Quebec, Canada, September 18, 2008
  • AstraZeneca R&D, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 2, 2008
  • Catalytic Transformations at C-H Bonds Symposium, 91st CSC, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 26, 2008
  • Ninth Organic Workshop for Leading, Young Canadian Chemists, Hinton, Alberta, Canada, May 21-23, 2008
  • Celebrating Bioinorganic, Supramolecular, Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry with Ken Raymond, 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 7, 2008
  • Physical Sciences Colloquium, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, November 2007
  • Spring Reunion, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2007


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