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Ryan R. Walvoord

Dr. Ryan Walvoord was born and raised in the small town of Williamson, NY and received a B.S. in chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  In 2014, he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Dr. Marisa Kozlowski, after which he left the northeast for the sunny campus of the University of California, Berkeley.  While at UC Berkeley, Dr. Walvoord conducted postdoctoral research in the area of chemical sensor design in the group of Dr. Chris Chang and lectured undergraduate organic chemistry.  Dr. Walvoord joined the faculty at Ursinus College in the fall of 2016.




B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


CHEM 106 – Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 205 – Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 408W – Advanced Organic Chemistry

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Research Interests

Synthetic Modification of Fluorophores
Chemical Sensors

Recent Work

Bruemmer, K. J.; Walvoord, R. R.; Brewer, T. F.; Barragan, G. B.; Wit, N.; Patel, K. J.; Chang, C. J. “A General Aza-Cope Reaction Trigger for Developing a Palette of Fluorescent Probes for Imaging Endogenous Formaldehyde Pools in Living Cells” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5338-5350. (co-first author)

Walvoord, R. R.; Kozlowski, M. C. “Cinchonidinium acetate as a convenient catalyst for the asymmetric synthesis of cis-stilbenediamines” Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 3070-3074 (invited contribution).

Walvoord, R. R.; Huynh, P. N. H.; Kozlowski, M. C. “Quantification of Electrophilic Activation by Hydrogen-Bonding OrganocatalystsJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16055-16065.

Walvoord, R. R.; Berritt, S.; Kozlowski, M. C. “Palladium-Catalyzed Nitromethylation of Aryl Halides: An Orthogonal Formylation EquivalentOrg. Lett. 2012, 14, 4086-4089.