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Siva Murru
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 226
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Siva Murru, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry


Ph D

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


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.

Recent Publications

MURRU, S., Nefzi, A. (2013). Parallel Synthesis of Bis-Oxazole Peptidomimetics (pp. 7062). Tetrahedron Letters / Elsevier.
MURRU, S., Dooley, C., Nefzi, A. (2013). Combinatorial Synthesis of Oxazol-Thiazole Bis-Heterocyclic Compounds (pp. 39). ACS Combinatorial Science.
MURRU, S. (2014). Iron-Catalyzed Allylic C-H Amination of Substituted 1,3-Dienes (pp. 2174). European Journal of Organic Chemistry / Wiley.
MURRU, S. (2014). Synthesis of Substituted Quinolines via Allylic Amination and Intramolecular Heck-Coupling (pp. 9133). Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.
MURRU, S., Liu, Y., Liu, Y., Srivastava, R. (2015). Quantum Mechanics Study of Repulsive π-π Interaction and Flexibility of Phenyl Moiety in the Iron Azodioxide Complex (pp. 226). Journal of Molecular Structure.
MURRU, S., Lott, C., Fronczek, F., Srivastava, R. S. (2015). Fe-Catalyzed Direct α C–H Amination of Carbonyl Compounds (pp. 2122-2125). Organic Letters / American Chemical Society.
MURRU, S., Le, T., Depan, D., Subramaniam, R. (2017). Statistical modelling and simulation of nanohybrid shish-kebab architecture of PE-b-PEG copolymers and carbon nanotubes (pp. 13348-13360). Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics / Royal Society of Chemistry.

Research Grants

MURRU, S. (Co-Principal), "Acquisition of an Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography [UHPLC] Equipment to Complement and Strengthen the Instrumentation Facility in the School of Sciences at ULM" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By LA-Board of Regents Support Fund, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $116,044. (June 1 2019 - Present).
MURRU, S. (Principal), "Development of Novel Catalytic Methods for the C-H Functionalization using Base Metal Catalysts" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By Board of Regents, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $131,558. (July 01 2017 - Present).
MURRU, S. (Principal), "Synthesis and Anti-Cancer Activity Evaluation of Heterocyclic Compounds and Their Metal-Complexes" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By LA-Board of Regents Support Fund, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $129,560. (June 2019 - May 2022).
MURRU, S. (Principal), "Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds for Anti-Cancer Activity" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $67540. (May 2019 - April 2020).
MURRU, S. (Principal), "Design and Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds for Evaluation of Anti-Cancer and Anti-Microbial Activity" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $70,500. (May 1 2017 - April 30 2019).
MURRU, S. (Co-Principal), SRIVASTAVA, R. (Principal), "Studies on Catalytic Asymmetric C-H Amination of Alkenes" (Funded), Sponsored By NSF, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $375,000. (August 20 2016 - 2019).
MURRU, S. (Principal), "Synthesis and Characterization of Pyrazole Compounds and their Metal-complexes for Anticancer Activity Studies" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $16,918. (June 2018 - August 2018).
MURRU, S. (Co-Principal), Bellar, D. (Principal), Bodreaux, S. (Co-Principal), "Investigation of the Effects of Tart Cherry Concentrate on Oxygen Kinetics and Muscle Oxygenation" (Funded), Sponsored By Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI), External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $49,473. (January 1 2016 - December 31 2016).


Murru, S. (2017). Composition of matter: Catalytic Intermediate for Asymmetric Allylic Amination. US Patent No. US9394229; US9637503.

Murru, S. (2016). “Method of Producing Chiral N-Substituted Allylic Amine Compounds” . US Patent No. US9394229.

Awards & Honors

March 2018 Undergraduate Best Poster Award at Louisiana Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting-2018.

January 2018 Faculty Sponsor Travel Award .

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 3050BIOCHEMISTRY I, 1 course(s)

CHEM 3052BIOCHEMISTRY II, 1 course(s)