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Jason Scott Kingsbury

Jason Scott Kingsbury, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
(805) 493-3026
Ahmanson 210

Professor Kingsbury was born in the suburbs of Syracuse NY, the son of hardworking mechanical engineer and craftsman. It was the hours spent tinkering alongside his father that taught Jason how to be meticulous and undaunted by the most challenging of problems. Upon graduating from a small public high school, Jason was awarded a scholarship to play Division III soccer at Hamilton College. In 1997, he earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry and was honored as the salutatorian of his graduating class. Armed with knowledge that benchwork and biomedical research were his passions, Jason moved to Boston and began doctoral studies at Boston College in the labs of the renowned organometallic chemist Amir Hoveyda. From 1997-2003, Jason was funded by predoctoral fellowships from GAANN and the National Science Foundation. In 2003, he received his Ph.D. and began a post-doc at Harvard University in the labs of Nobel laureate E. J. Corey. There, he discovered new strategies for chemical synthesis of complex natural products containing strained medium rings and was funded as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. In 2006, Jason began his independent career at Boston College, receiving a grant from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund to explore applications of important donor-acceptor reagents known as diazoalkanes. In 2012, he made another move as a means to complement his research program with innovative teaching. After a visiting appointment at Pomona College in Claremont CA, Jason was lured by an unprecedented growth happening in the sciences at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. Factors included an outstanding, highly motivated, and diverse student body, a universal celebration of experiential learning, and a clear promise of new state-of-the-art science facilities. Now, six years later, he maintains a relentless drive to help undergraduate scholars connect with and ignite their scientific careers. Jason’s research interests span organic synthetic methodologies, total synthesis, and the biomedical and materials applications of fluorescent dye molecules. A tie that bonds his team together is designing and engineering at the molecular level. As a mentor in both the classroom and the laboratory, Jason enjoys putting students in surprising places that allow them to experience the exhilaration of discovery.