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Erick Deon Ellis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry  Ellis.jpg


Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

4900 Meridian Street

Normal, Al 35762

256-372-4934 (office)                                   


Personal Bio:  Erick Deon Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Huntsville, Alabama.  Dr. Ellis received his B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Jackson State University.  His graduate work was in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of natural products.  This research was the usage of various methods for the synthesis of spiroisoxazolines. They are precursors of analogues of 11-Deoxyfistularin-3.  11-Deoxyfistularin-3 was isolated from the sponge of Verongida and has been intensively studied due to the presence of alkaloids with one, or more bromotyrosine residues.  This alkaloid metabolite has shown interesting bioactivity and cytotoxic properties in cell lines. 11-Deoxyfistularin-3 is cytotoxic against the human breast carcinoma cell line MCF-7.  Also, Dr. Ellis is a specialist in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)/Electron Spin Resonance (ESR).  He has over 6 years as a Technical Manager of a Molecular Magnetic Resonance Core Facility Lab.  His interests include mentoring and helping with the development of young males and females of the urban community in all fields.   He is an active member in his community. Dr. Ellis has served as a campus advisor for student affiliated clubs of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and the American Chemical Society Chemistry.


Selected peer-reviewed publications

Erick Ellis. Dissertation – Novel Methods to Synthesis Spiroisoxazolines, 2010.


Erick Ellis, Jianping Xu, Ann Omollo, Ashton Hamme. Novel Methods to Synthesis      
           Spiroisoxazolines. Tetrahedron Letters, Vol. 50, 5516-5519, 2009.


Jianping Xu, Erick Ellis, Ashton Hamme. Spiroisoxazoline Synthesis via the                              
            Intramolecular Cyclization/Methylation:  Synthesis, Vol. 22, pp. 3815-3818,  


Ashton Hamme, Jianping Xu, Jun Wang, Tiffany Cook, Erick Ellis. Synthesis of Functionalized 5,5-Disubstituted

           Isoxazolines via 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Reactions of Geminal Disubstituted Alkenes. Heterocycles,

           Vol. 65, pp. 2885- 2892, 2005.