Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Meinwald, Jerrold
Location Cornell University
Primary Field Chemistry
Secondary Field Evolutionary Biology
 Election Citation
Not available
 Research Interests
My primary research interests are in organic chemistry and its application to the understanding of chemical ecology. I am interested in the chemical interactions that occur between insects and plants, in insect defensive chemistry, and in insect pheromones. Right now, we are particularly interested in the characterization of new, neuroactive components from spider venoms. This research involves the isolation of biologically active compounds and the proof of their structure and stereochemistry, as well as the total synthesis of the proposed structures. We also study the biosynthesis of insect and plant natural products using isotopic tracers. A related research interest may be identified as "chemical prospecting," the search for compounds with potential medicinal or agrochemical activity, which may be found in the fauna or flora of principally tropical or sub-tropical areas. Finally, I am interested in the relationship between the stereochemistry of inhalational anesthetics and their efficacy and toxicity.

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