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Siva Murru
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 226
318-342-7966
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Siva Murru, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Education

Ph D

2010, Organic Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

BS

2003,
Andhra University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Murru joined as an assistant professor of chemistry at ULM in the Fall of 2016. Earlier, he was working as a research scientist at University of Louisiana Lafayette and as a postdoctoral scientist at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, Florida. He also served as an adjunct faculty at University of Louisiana Lafayette where he taught Organic Chemistry Lectures and Labs. 

Dr. Murru has been working in the field of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. He is a co-author of 30 publications and a co-inventor of a US patent. He is currently serving as a Principal Investigator on LBRN funded project and as a Co-Principal Investigator on NSF funded project.

Research Interests

Dr. Murru's current research focuses on different aspects of synthetic organic chemistry, modern
catalysis and medicinal chemistry. His current research involves in the design and development of
novel base-metal catalytic systems for the C-C (carbon-carbon) and C-X (carbon-heteroatom) bond
forming processes via C-H functionalization. These new catalytic transformations will, in part, be
utilized to synthesize N-heterocycles and biologically relevant molecules. The ability to access new
types of nitrogen containing molecules can potentially lead to the discovery of new biological
entities. The new compounds synthesized in his laboratory are being evaluated for anti-microbial and
anti-cancer activity.

Major components of students' training: Students working in his group gains valuable experience in
synthetic chemistry, chromatographic separations, analytical instruments handling, data analysis, research philosophy and lab safety.

Awards & Honors

April 2017 Best Undergraduate Poster (2nd Place) .

December 2014 Faculty Travel Grant.

August 2013 Faculty Recharge Programme (UGC-FRP) Fellowship.

May 2010 Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award (1st Place).

November 2009 Senior Research Fellowship.

September 2008 Travel Grant Award.

January 2008 Indo-French Ph.D. Fellowship.

November 2005 National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship.

January 2005 Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

Courses Taught

CHEM 2030ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, 3 course(s)

CHEM 2031ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I, 2 course(s)

CHEM 2032ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II, 1 course(s)

CHEM 2033ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II, 1 course(s)