Jennifer L. Stockdill


Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Jenn grew up in Fredericksburg, VA and completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Chemistry in 2003. From there, she moved to Pasadena, CA, where she completed a PhD in Chemistry in 2009 under the guidance of Prof. Brian M. Stoltz at Caltech. Her thesis work focused on the synthesis of the bioactive marine alkaloid zoanthenol. Through this synthetic effort, she completed the cyclization of aromatic systems by both acid-mediated and radical-mediated methods to form the densely functionalized carbocyclic core of zoanthenol. She then joined the group of Prof. Samuel J. Danishefsky at the Sloan-Kettering Institute at MSKCC. Her research efforts during this time spanned several areas including the study of isonitrile-based methods for amide bond formation, the application of these reactions to the synthesis of cyclosporine, the conversion of N-formyl amides to optically active hydantoins, and the total chemical synthesis of the pituitary glycoprotein human thyroid-stimulating hormone (hTSH). She joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor in July 2012. Jenn’s research program focuses on novel strategies for the synthesis of neuroactive and potentially neuroactive molecules.

Honors and Awards

Contact Information:

Office: 277 Chemistry
Phone: (313) 577-2605
Fax: (313) 577-2099

Mailing Address:
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University
5101 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202



Research in the Stockdill Lab has been funded by the following agencies. We are grateful for their support:


2019–2023, R01 GM129475

2020–2022, IMSD Fellowship awarded to LGM via R25 GM058905

2015–2017, IMSD Fellowship awarded to AML via R25 GM058905

2012–2016, Pathway to Independence Award to JLS, R00-GM097095, Minority Supplement Award #: R00-GM097095-S1


2019–2021, LRAP Grant to JLS


2019, Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grant to JLS

2018, Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grant to JLS


2015–2021, CAREER Award to JLS – Award #1554752


Startup Funds to JLS, Rumble-Schaap Fellowship to TDK, CAA & HSS, A. Paul Schaap Distinguished Graduate Fellowship to CAA, Knoller Fellowship to HYS, President’s Research Enhancement funds to JLS, UROP Fellowship to STJ


The following companies have provided students in the Stockdill Lab with exciting internship opportunities. Thank you!

Dow AgroSciences – Summer Internship for GJR

Boehringer Ingelheim – Summer Internships for CAA & HSS