Interview with Rongbiao Tong

This Young Career Focus presents Rongbiao Tong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, P. R. of China). Rongbiao Tong received his BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Hunan University (P. R. of China) in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He continued his graduate studies on natural product synthesis under the guidance of Professor Frank E. McDonald at Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) and was awarded a PhD degree in 2008. After working with Professor Amos B. Smith, III at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow (2008–2011), he started his independent research career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (P. R. of China) in July 2011. His current research interests include the development of new synthetic methods and total synthesis of natural products by strategic exploitation of oxidative dearomatization of phenols and furfuryl alcohols and biosynthetic hypothesis.

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