About Professor Dudley

Gregory Dudley

Gregory Dudley was born in Chicago and raised in Miami, FL. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in chemistry in 1995. He returned to FSU as an assistant professor in 2002. Prof Dudley was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2008 and full professor in 2015. In 2016, he became the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor and Chair of the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University.

Dr. Dudley received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. As a member of Professor Rick L. Danheiser's research lab, he completed the total synthesis of ascochlorin, a densely functionalized phenol natural product, using a vinylketene-based benzannulation reaction in the key step. He also started a synthetic organic literature review series within the department, and he coordinated the MIT Chemistry Outreach Program, in which graduate students travel to local high schools and perform chemistry demonstrations.

After leaving MIT, Dr. Dudley conducted postdoctoral research under the guidance of Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky in the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Center in New York City; his work culminated in the total synthesis of the complex diterpene guanacastepene A. Dr. Dudley received graduate fellowships from Boehringer-Ingelheim and Bristol-Myers Squibb, a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, and the Roche Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry.

In the News:

Download (2014) Watch a series of lectures on selective microwave heating by Prof Dudley: Introduction: 2-min overview of the three-part series
Part One: Hypothesis, theory, and controversy of selective microwave heating
Part Two: Selective heating of a soluble ionic reagent for a Friedel-Crafts reaction
Part Three: Selective heating of a polar reactant in an aryl-Claisen rearrangement

This video series is best viewed on PC-based computers. Mac users may need to install the MicrosoftSilverlight plug-in, a link for which is available at the site. (Make sure your browser preferences are set to enable this plug-in.) A split-screen provides a synchronized broadcast of a lecture and slide show. Each part runs about 30 min.

Download (2007) View an early (pre-tenure) research presentation by Professor Dudley

This video seminar is best viewed on PC-based computers. Mac users may need to install the MicrosoftSilverlight plug-in, a link for which is available at the site. (Make sure your browser preferences are set to enable this plug-in.) A split screen provides a synchronized broadcast of a lecture and slide show. The one-hour presentation begins with a 2-3 minute introduction by Professor Igor Alabugin.

Professional Appointments

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

  • Chair, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, 2016-present
  • Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, 2016-present

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2015-2016
  • Associate Chair, Department Curriculum, 2012-2016
  • Raymond Cottrell Family Professor, 2008-2012
  • Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, 2008-2015
  • Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, 2002-2008

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Visiting Professor, 2011

Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York, NY


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Honors and Awards

  • Eberly Family Distinguished Professorship, West Virginia University, 2016–present
  • Syngenta Lecturer, Groupe D’Etudes de Chemie Organique 57, Ascain, France, 2016
  • CEM Corporation Lecturer, Georgia State University, 2015
  • Organic Syntheses Lecturer, University of New Hampshire, 2012
  • FSU Developing Scholar Award, 2010
  • FSU Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2010
  • Featured in Florida Trend magazine, Person to Watch, 2010
  • FSU Research Foundation GAP Award, 2008
  • Faculty Advisor to Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), 2007-present
  • FSU Innovator Award, 2007 and 2008
  • Featured in Tallahassee Magazine, The New Establishment, 2006
  • Thieme Publishers Journal Award, 2006
  • Time Magazine Person of the Year (co-recipient), 2006
  • James and Ester King Award (FBRP New Investigator Research Grant), 2005
  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2004
  • Research Corporation Research Innovation Award, 2004
  • FSU First-Year Assistant Professor Award, 2003
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Predoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Roche Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry, 1999
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim Predoctoral Fellowship, 1997-1998
  • MIT Chemistry Outreach Fellowship, 1997
  • Outstanding Undergraduate in Analytical Chemistry, 1995
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, 1994

Teaching Experience

  • Founder and Faculty Advisor, FSU Chemistry Outreach Program 2004-present
  • Team Leader, Chempreneurs pilot program 2009
  • Instructor, General Chemistry 1 (CHM 1045C) 2004-2005, 2007
  • Instructor, General Organic Chemistry (CHM 2200) 2011-2013
  • Instructor, Organic Chemistry 1 (CHM 2210) 2010, 2015
  • Instructor, Organic Chemistry 2 (CHM 2211) 2009
  • Instructor, Honors Organic Chemistry 1 (CHM 2210) 2007-2008
  • Instructor, Honors Organic Chemistry 2 (CHM 2211) 2008-2009
  • Instructor, Advanced Organic Chemistry - Reactions (CHM 5226) 2002-2006
  • Instructor, Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry (CHM 5250) 2014
  • Instructor, Chemical Reactivity - Bioorthogonal Chemistry (CHM 5555) 2012
  • Instructor, Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry - Alkynes (CHM 8304J) 2011 (Univ. of Ottawa)