Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Todd was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1985. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2008. As an undergraduate, Todd explored rhodium-catalyzed C–C bond activation under the mentorship of Professor Christopher Douglas. He conducted his graduate studies at Colorado State University and joined the lab of Professor Tomislav Rovis. His graduate studies focused on the development of rhodium-catalyzed C–H activation mediated methods for the multicomponent synthesis of nitrogen containing heterocycles. In these studies he developed a diverse array of cyclopentadienyl ligands to control various features of these reactions. As part of his graduate studies, Todd conducted an internship in the group of Professor Tom Ward at the University of Basel as a Marie Curie Fellow where he developed artificial metalloenzymes for enantioselective C–H activation. In 2013, Todd joined the group of Professor Frances Arnold, at the California Institute of Technology, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow where he explored the ability of cytochrome P450s to catalyze non-natural reactions. Todd began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University in July 2015.