Graduate Program

Anthony Stapon, PhD
Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology
  • Biography

Born and raised on Long Island, I graduated from Sachem High School and later received my B.S. degree from Pace University in Biochemistry. After graduating from Pace, I continued my studies at The Johns Hopkins University, where I received a Ph.D. in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry. I also have post-doctoral experience at Harvard University and at the National Cancer Institute.

After leaving the science field for a few years because of medical reasons, I was accepted to Stony Brook’s Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program, where I am currently a NIH IMSD-MERGE Graduate Scholar.

When not in the lab, I enjoy astronomy, movies, and music.


Selected Publications and Awards:

- Garneau-Tsodikova, S.; Stapon, A.; Kahne, D.; Walsh, C.T.; “Installation of the Pyrrolyl-2-carboxy pharmacophore by CouN1 and CouN7 in the late biosynthetic steps of the aminocoumarin antibiotics clorobiocin and coumermycin A1,” Biochemistry, 2006, 45, 8568 – 8578.

- Stapon, A.; Li. R.; Townsend, C. A. “Synthesis of (3S,5R)-carbapenam-3-carboxylic acid and its role in carbapenem biosynthesis and the stereoinversion problem,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 15746 - 15747.

- Stapon, A.; Li, R.; Townsend, C. A. “Carbapenem Biosynthesis: Confirmation of Stereochemical Assignments and the Role of Car C in the Ring Stereoinversion Process from L-Proline,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 8486 - 8493.

- The Sarah and Adolph Roseman Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in Chemistry, The Department of Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University

- President, “Best Graduate Student Government Association in the Nation,” National Association of Graduate and Professional Students

- The Board of Trustee’s Award, Pace University's Highest Undergraduate Commencement Award, Presented to the student whose positive contributions to University life and whose academic accomplishments exemplify the highest level of achievement attainable for an undergraduate

- Outstanding Service and Dedication Award, American Chemical Society - New York Section