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David C. Lankin Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) - Research Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy UIC. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati (1972). Following a 2-year post-doctoral at the University of New Orelans (Gary W. Griffin / Photochemistry), he joined the Chemical Division of the Borg-Warner Corporation (Borg-Warner Chemicals). During the period (1974 - 1985) he was involved in developing and applying NMR technology at the Borg-Warner Research Center in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1985, he moved to Varian Associates as an NMR Applications Chemist and was responsible for the operation of the Chicago NMR Applications Laboratory. In 1988 he joined the Physical Methodology Department of G.D. Searle (which later became Pharmacia Corporation in 2000 and Pfizer in 2002) where he was a Principal Research Scientist and Supervisor of the NMR Laboratory.
Dave has co-authored over 60 papers in the field of organic chemistry with emphasis on the structural and quantitative applications of NMR. In 2000 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Chicago Section of The Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He is presently working (with Guido Pauli) in the UIC/NIH Botanical Center and is involved with the structure elucidation of natural products using NMR.