- National Academies (2019)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Titled Professor (2018)
- Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry
Michael VanNieuwenhze received his B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College in 1984 and his M.S. from Yale University in 1988. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1992 while working in the laboratories of Professor William Roush, he moved to The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California where he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow while working in the laboratories of Professor K. Barry Sharpless. In 1994, Professor VanNieuwenhze accepted a position in Discovery Chemistry Research at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. In 2002, he accepted a faculty position at the University of California, San Diego and in 2007, he returned to Indiana University and is the Standiford H. Cox Professor in the Department of Chemistry. VanNieuwenhze was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2019. The principal focus of his research is to use the power of organic synthesis to study problems of biological and medicinal interest. His research interests include: Synthesis, study, and design of antibiotics that inhibit bacterial cell wall biosynthesis; peptidoglycan biosynthesis and bacterial cell morphology; development of HBV capsid-binding probes and assembly-directed antivirals; and oxidized phospholipids in disease and diagnostics.