John Jewett

Associate Professor

Degrees and Appointments 

  • AB 2003, Dartmouth College
  • Ph.D. 2008, University of Chicago
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2011, University of California, Berkeley
  • Assistant Professor 2011-2018, University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor 2018- , University of Arizona

Field of Study: BiochemistryOrganic Chemistry

Awards and Honors

  • Honors College, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • College of Science, Distinguished Early Career Teaching Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Honors College, Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2015
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
  • Edith Barnard Award in Chemistry for Service to Others, 2007
  • Gerhard Closs Teaching Award in Organic Chemistry, 2004

Research Specialties: Bioorganic, Chemical Biology, Synthesis/Synthetic Methods, Development


Broadly speaking, our group uses organic chemistry to develop chemical tools that can interrogate biochemical environments that are otherwise challenging to probe. Many of our probes become reactive only after a unique biochemical environment has triggered the release of a reactive moiety. We are fascinated with questions of selectivity from the scale of small molecules, to proteins, to entire organs within an animal.

Please visit the Jewett Lab's group page for an updated list of publications.