Mohammad “Mo” Seyedsayamdost has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an award given to chemists in the first five years of their academic careers who have an outstanding independent body of scholarship and a deep commitment to education. Each of this year’s 13 award recipients will receive an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, joined the Princeton faculty in 2013. He also holds appointments in the Department of Molecular Biology, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
His lab is interested in the discovery, structure, function and biosynthesis of new small molecules with bioactive or therapeutic properties. These studies blend approaches from microbiology, bacterial genetics, small molecule chemistry, biochemistry and mechanistic enzymology.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences, was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus in honor of his brother Henry. Since its inception in 1970, the Teacher-Scholar program has awarded over $49 million to support emerging young leaders in the chemical sciences.