CV Svetlana B. Tsogoeva

Prof. Dr. Svetlana B. Tsogoeva

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Svetlana B. Tsogoeva is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, since February 2007. She received her Diploma in Chemistry with Distinction in 1995 from St. Petersburg State University, where she completed her doctoral thesis in 1998 on the “Synthesis of Modified Analogues of Steroid Estrogens” supported by Procter & Gamble. In 1998, she moved to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for a postdoctoral project under the sponsorship of the DFG (Graduate School “Chemische und Biologische Synthese von Wirkstoffen”), where she was dealing with the synthesis of chiral amidinium ions and their application as organocatalysts for the preparation of (+)-estrone derivatives using Diels-Alder reactions. In July 2000 she joined the Degussa AG Fine Chemicals Division in Hanau-Wolfgang, Germany as a research scientist, where she has been working on the synthesis and the application of new oligopeptide catalysts for the enantioselective Julia-Colonna asymmetric epoxidation of olefins.  In January 2002 she was appointed a First Junior Professor in Germany at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, where she established her own research group supported by BMBF, DFG, FCI and Degussa AG. Her research is currently focused on asymmetric organocatalysis, one-pot & domino processes (Science Magazine; Phys.Org; EurekAlert! Science News), deracemization of chiral bioactive compounds by autocatalytic crystallization (CORE ITN & Pharmaindustrie-online.DE    CHEMIE.DE    Medizin-Aspekte.DE), synthesis of artemisinin-derived hybrids for medicinal chemistry (Feature ARTICLE), as well as chemistry in live cells.

Professional Experience and Education

02/2007 – present: Professor of Organic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry I, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

01/2002 – 01/2007: Junior Professor, Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen

07/2000 – 12/2001: Research Scientist, Fine Chemicals Division, Degussa AG and Creavis GmbH

11/1998 – 06/2000: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, DFG, Graduiertenkolleg “Chemische und Biologische Synthese von Wirkstoffen”, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Frankfurt/Main

10/1998: Doctor of Chemical Science Degree  (Russian equivalent of PhD degree), Natural products chemistry chair, Department of Chemistry, St.-Petersburg State University

06/1995: Diploma in Chemistry with highest honours, Department of Chemistry, St.-Petersburg State University

07/1990: School-leaving certificate with gold medal, Secondary School

Fellowships and Awards

2012: Otto-Röhm Research Award

2008: Tetrahedron: Asymmetry “Most Cited Paper 2005-2008 Award”

2007: Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2007

2006: CERC3 (Chairmen of the European Research Councils’s Chemistry Committees) Lecture Travel Award

2006: GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) Lecture Travel Award

2006: FCI (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie) Lecture Travel Award

2005: JSP Junior Scientist Award (EUCHEM)

2003: Research Award from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)

1998-2000: DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

1995-1998: Procter & Gamble Postgraduate Research Fellowship


German Chemical Society (GDCh, since 2004)

Liebig‐Association for Organic Chemistry (since 2004)

American Chemical Society (ACS, since 2005)

German Catalysis Society (GeCatS, since 2012)

Other Memberships / Activities

CM0703 COST Action on “Systems Chemistry”

Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center (ECRC)

Graduate School Molecular Science (GSMS)

Emil Fischer Graduate School (EFS)

Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM)

CORE Steering Committee & Supervisory Board

Applied Protein Centre Erlangen (APCE)

Editorial Board / Advisory Board Member

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters (since 2020)

Russian Journal of Organic Chemistry (since 2019)

Pharmaceuticals (since 2019)

Academic Editor at PeerJ (since 2019)

Journal of Chemistry (since 2012)

Symmetry (since 2009)

Journal of Systems Chemistry (2009-2015)

Asymmetric Catalysis (formerly Asymmetric Organocatalysis) (2013-2016)

Guest Editor Symmetry, Special Issue on “Asymmetric Organocatalysis, 2011”

Guest Editor Asymmetric Catalysis, Special Issue on “Asymmetric Organocatalysis, 2014”

Guest Editor Symmetry, Special Issue on “Asymmetric Catalysis, 2015”

Guest Editor MOLECULES, Special Issue “Artemisinin: Against Malaria, Cancer and Viruses”, 2016/2017

Guest Editor (with co-Guest Editors L. Ackermann and G. Dong) ChemCatChem, Special Collection “The Catalysis of Ring Synthesis”, 2020/2021

Guest Editor (with co-Guest Editors M. Gütschow and A. O. Terent’ev) Pharmaceuticals, Special Issue “Recent Advances in Antiviral, Anticancer and Antimalarial Therapy using Artemisinins and Synthetic Mimics”, 2021

Professional services

Award Selection Committee Member:

Reviewer of Research Grants for:

  • ACS PRF (American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund)
  • DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grants
  • FWF (Austrian Science Fund)
  • FRC (The Frontier Research in Chemistry Foundation, France)
  • ISF (Israel Science Foundation)
  • NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) 

Reviewer of Manuscripts for:

  • Angew. Chem.; Acc. Chem. Res.; ACS Catalysis; ACS Central Science; Adv. Synth. Catal.; Asian J. Org. Chem.;
  • Science;  Scientific Reports; Synlett; Synthesis; Symmetry;
  • Nature Chemistry; Nature Communications; New J. Chem.;
  • JACS; J. Med. Chem., J. Org. Chem.;
  • Chemical Science; Chem. Eur. J.; Chem. Asian J.; Chem. Commun.; ChemCatChem.; ChemMedChem; ChemPhysChem; ChemSusChem; Catal. Sci. Technol.; Can. J. Chem.; Chirality; Commun. Chem. – Nature;
  • Beilstein J. Org. Chem.; Bioorg. Med. Chem.;
  • Green Chemistry;
  • Eur. J. Org. Chem.; Eur. J. Med. Chem.; Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery; Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.;
  • Molecules;
  • Org. Lett.; Org. Chem. Front.; Org. Biomol. Chem.;
  • RSC Advances;
  • Tetrahedron: Asymmetry; Tetrahedron; Tetrahedron Letters; Topics in Catalysis

Memberships / Activities at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

11/2010 – present:    Mitglied des Prüfungsausschusses für Chemie, Molecular Science (Diplom, Bachelor, Master)

10/2011 – 10/2013:  Mitglied der Kollegialen Leitung Department Chemie und Pharmazie

10/2013 – present:    Mitglied des Fakultätsunterausschusses für die Verwendung der Studienzuschüsse in der Lehreinheit Chemie

05/2013 – present:    Beiratsmitglied des Universitätsbundes Erlangen-Nürnberg e.V.

05/2014 – present:    Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der FAU University Press

10/2014 – present:    Mitglied des Promotionsausschusses der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät