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Frank Diaz, Ph.D

Dr. Frank Diaz
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry (Medicinal)

Mail Box: UNA Box 5109
Office Room: 431 Science and Engineering Technology Building
Office Telephone: (256) 765-4474
Email: fdiaz@una.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2003; B.S., Professional Chemistry with Honors, University of North Alabama, 1998
Hometown: Tampa, FL
With UNA since: Fall 2008
Classes taught: General Chemistry CH 111, CH 111L, CH 112, CH 112L; Organic Chemistry CH 311, CH 311L, CH 312, CH 312L; Advanced Organic Chemistry CH 437, CH 437L

Recent publications:

  • Diaz, F. A.; Aycock, R. A.; "Design and synthesis of a series of analogs based on the motualevic acids: Application of a novel, convergent synthesis," Accepted Abstract, 65th SERMACS, Nashville, TN, United States, Oct. 16-19, 2014.
  • Diaz, F. A.; Aycock, R. A.; "Studies toward a convergent total synthesis of mutualevic acids A-E featuring an olefin cross metathesis," Abstracts of Papers, Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Auburn, AL, United States, February 24, 2014.
  • Diaz, F. A.; Black, K. G.; Williams, C.W.; "Studies toward a convergent total synthesis of mutualevic acids A-E," Abstract of Papers, 64th SERMACS, Atlanta, GA, United States, Nov. 13-16, 2013.
  • Diaz, F. A.; Williams, C.W.; "Studies toward a convergent total synthesis of mutualevic acids A-E featuring an olefin cross metathesis," Abstracts of Papers, Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Tuskegee, AL, United States, February 24, 2012.
  • Diaz, F. A.; Melson, T.; "Synthesis of chiral heterocycles useful as isosteres of morpholines," Abstracts of Papers, Joint 66th SWRM and 62nd SERMACS, New Orleans, LA, United States, December 1-4, 2010, SESW-106.
  • Diaz, F.A.; Holcomb, R.H.; Farouz, F. S.; Thorsett, E.; "The improvement of a series of Chk-1 inhibitors: A useful strategy for reducing hERG activity and maximizing cellular potency," Abstracts of Papers, Joint 66th SWRM and 62nd SERMACS, New Orleans, LA, United States, December 1-4, 2010, SESW-1103.

Recent presentations:

  • Synthesis of Heterocycles Useful as Isosteres of Morpholines. Melson, T; Diaz, F.A. Research Day Poster Session, Univ. of North Alabama, 2010.

Patents:

  • Heteroaryl Urea Derivatives Useful for Inhibiting Chk1. Diaz, Frank; Farouz, Francine S.; Holcomb, Ryan; Kesicki, Edward A.; Ooi, Hua Chee; Rudolph, Alexander; Stappenbeck, Frank; Thorsett, Eugene; Gaudino, John Joseph; Fisher, Kimba L.; Cook, Adam Wade. W02006105262, 2006.
  • Aminopyrazoles Useful as Potent Ckh1 Inhibitors. Patent Application, Kasar, R; Diaz, Frank; Bjornson, K.; Holcomb, R.; Farouz, F.S.; Thorsett, E. Filing Pending.

Professional Certifications and Memberships: President of the Wilson Dam Section of the American Chemical Society, 2009-2010.