Laura A. Wzorek, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist, Registered Patent Agent - Boston

Laura Brozek
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Laura Wzorek is a Technology Specialist and Registered Patent Agent in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Boston office of Foley Hoag. Dr. Wzorek has assisted with preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications in the areas of biotechnology, chemistry, materials science, and pharmaceuticals. She has also assisted in the preparation of freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions.

In her graduate work, Dr. Wzorek developed an asymmetric palladium-catalyzed carbon-carbon bond formation methodology that enabled access to chiral scaffolds containing a 1,5-diene moiety. 

Education:

  • Boston College, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2011
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S. in Chemistry, 2006
  • Le, H., Kyne, R. E., Brozek, L. A., Morken, J. P., “Catalytic enantioselective allyl-allyl cross-coupling with a borylated allylboronate” Organic Letters 2013, 15, 1432.
  • Brozek, L. A., Ardolino, M. J., Morken, J. P., "Diastereocontrol in Asymmetric Allyl-Allyl Cross Coupling: Stereocontrolled Reaction of Prochiral Allylboronates with Prochiral Allyl Chlorides," Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 16778.
  • Brozek, L. A., Sieber, J. D., Morken, J. P., "Catalytic Enantioselective Conjugate Allylation of Unsaturated Methylidene Ketones," Organic Letters 2011, 13, 995.
  • Zhang, P., Brozek, L. A., Morken, J. P., "Enantioselective Pd-Catalyzed Allyl-Allyl Cross Coupling," Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 10686. Highlighted as "Synfact of the Month" by the journal Synfacts, November 2010.

Honors

  • LaMattina Fellowship, Boston College
  • "Asymmetric Allyl-Allyl Coupling via 3,3′-Reductive Elimination of Allyl-Metal Complexes and Development of Diastereoselective Transformations," Oral presentation at 13th Annual JCF Frühjahrssymposium, Nürnberg, Germany, March 2011.
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