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New Faculty Commencing Sept 1, 2017

Enver v3Biography

Enver Cagri Izgu obtained a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where he studied asymmetric organic catalysis with Professor Ozdemir Dogan. He then moved to the United States for graduate school and earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Professor Thomas R. Hoye. In the Hoye Lab, he worked on the total synthesis of plant natural products, methodology development, and NMR spectroscopy. Equipped with core synthetic chemistry skills, Enver turned his focus to chemical biology and undertook a postdoctoral position at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, working with Professor Jack W. Szostak. In the Szostak Lab, he studied the systems chemistry of model protocell components and the replication of both RNA and RNA-like informational polymers.

Future Research

At Rutgers, the Izgu Lab will establish a multidisciplinary research program to develop a platform for the synthesis and catalysis of organic molecules, and for chemical technologies that will enable the life sciences. Members of the Izgu Lab will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of experimental techniques and carry out both fundamental and applied research in a collaborative environment.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012–2017 (Jack W. Szostak)
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006–2012 (Thomas R. Hoye)
  • B.Sc., Middle East Technical University, 2002–2006 (Ozdemir Dogan)


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