Chris Spilling
Professor of Chemistry
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research

Biographical Summary
Christopher D. Spilling is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Dr. Spilling received his B.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees from Loughborough University (England). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University before joining the UMSL faculty in 1989.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1995 and professor in 2001.  He served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2004-2015 and Chair of the Faculty Senate and University Assembly 2012-2014.  During his 30 years at UMSL, Prof. Spilling returned briefly to the UK for a one-year sabbatical leave at Cambridge University (1996) working in association with Prof. S.V. Ley.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Academy of Inventors. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed research papers and is a named inventor on 10 issued patents and published patent applications.  He was recipient of the 2009 St. Louis award for Chemistry (ACS), the 2009 UM President’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service.  In 2006, he co-founded Alkymos with Wesley Harris (UMSL), Robert Yokel (University of Kentucky), Robert Kuhn (UK) and Chang-Guo Zhan (UK). Prof. Spilling maintains an active, funded research program. His current research involves the design of catalysts for asymmetric phosphonylation, chemistry of hydroxy phosphonates, synthesis of metal chelators, natural products and enzyme inhibitors with applications in the treatment of tuberculosis, sepsis and malaria.  He serves on the board of directors for the Center for Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Expertise (Cortex) and the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET).

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