Garg Lab

About Neil


Neil K. Garg, Ph.D.

Professor and Kenneth N. Trueblood Chair
B.S., New York University (2000)
Ph.D., Caltech (2005)
NIH postdoctoral fellow, UC Irvine (2005–2007)

Curriculum Vitae

Watch Neil’s TEDx talk

Office: (310) 825-1536
5505C Molecular Sciences Building


Professor Garg received a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University where he did undergraduate research with Professor Marc Walters. During his undergraduate years, he spent several months in Strasbourg, France while conducting research with Professor Mir Wais Hosseini at Université Louis Pasteur as an NSF REU Fellow. Garg obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Brian Stoltz. He then joined Professor Larry Overman’s research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar. Garg joined the faculty at UCLA in 2007. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012, and then to Full Professor in 2013.  He has served as Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2012-2016) and currently serves as Faculty-in-Residence in the UCLA undergraduate community. In 2018, Garg was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Honors and Awards

  • Edward Leete Award, 2019

  • James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, 2019

  • US Defense Science Study Group (DSSG 2020-2021), 2019

  • New York University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2019

  • ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education, 2019

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018

  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2018

  • Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, Finalist, 2018

  • Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, 2018 (Watch Neil’s Public Lecture) (NY Times)

  • Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, Finalist, 2017

  • Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis, 2017

  • Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement, 2016

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016

  • Royal Society of Chemistry’s Merck Award, 2016

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016

  • Thieme-IUPAC Prize, 2016

  • Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award, 2016

  • California’s US Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015

  • UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2015

  • Gold Shield Faculty Prize, 2015

  • Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2015–2016

  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2015

  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award & Eby Award for the Art of Teaching, 2014

  • Mortar Board National Honors Society, UCLA Honorary Faculty Member Award, 2014

  • Dr. Robert M. Stevenson Faculty-in-Residence Award, UCLA Office of Residential Life, 2014

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2013

  • UCLA Bruinwalk’s Professor of the Year, 2013

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

  • S. T. Li Prize for Achievements in Science and Technology, 2012

  • ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grantee Award, 2012

  • Glenn T. Seaborg Award, 2012

  • A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012

  • Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2012

  • UCLA Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011

  • UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2011

  • AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, 2011–2012

  • Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2011–2012

  • Eli Lilly Grantee Award, 2010–2012

  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2010–2013

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010–2015

  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2010

  • UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2010

  • Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, 2009

  • UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 2008

  • UCLA Faculty Research Grant, 2008

  • National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award, 2006–2010

  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005–2006

  • Herbert Newby McCoy Thesis Award at the California Institute of Technology, 2005

  • Dow Chemical Company Travel Fellowship, 2002

  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2001–2004

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

  • George Granger Brown Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 2000

  • American Institute of Chemists Prize, 2000

  • New York University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 1999

  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, 1999