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Hans Renata, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Florida Campus
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(561) 228-2672

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Research Focus

Despite rapid advances in synthetic organic chemistry, many classes of small molecules remain inefficient to access using conventional methods. Enzymatic reactions, on the other hand, offer unparalleled potential for highly selective chemical transformations. By combining the power of directed evolution and advances in microbial genomics, the Renata laboratory aims to develop practical enzymatic solutions for traditionally challenging organic reactions, especially in the realm of C–H functionalization chemistry. The utility of these transformations will be showcased in the concise, scalable synthesis of bioactive natural products and their analogues. After successfully synthesizing these small molecules, we will take advantage of the state-of-the-art HTS operation at Scripps to rapidly assay their pharmacological profiles. Research projects are designed to be highly interdisciplinary, providing students with broad exposure to synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, and enzyme engineering to ensure that they are well-equipped for future careers in both academia and industry.


Ph.D. (Chemistry), The Scripps Research Institute 2013
B.A. (Chemistry), Columbia University 2008

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Selected References

All Publications

King-Smith, E., Zwick III, C. R. & Renata, H. Applications of oxygenases in the chemoenzymatic total synthesis of complex natural products. (2018). Biochemistry, 57(4), 403-412.

Zwick III, C. R. & Renata, H. Remote C-H hydroxylation by an α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase enables efficient chemoenzymatic synthesis of manzacidin C and proline analogs. (2018). Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140(3), 1165-1169.

Zhang, X., King-Smith, E. & Renata, H. Total synthesis of tambromycin by combining chemocatalytic and biocatalytic C-H functionalization. (2018). Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 57(18), 5037-5041.

Herwig, L., Rice, A. J., Bedbrook, C. N., Zhang, R. J. K., Lignell, A., Cahn, J. K. B., Renata, H., Dodani, S. C., Cho, I., Cai, L., Gradinaru, V., Arnold, F. H. Directed evolution of a bright near-infrared fluorescent rhodopsin using a synthetic chromophore. (2017). Cell Chemical Biology, 24(3), 415-425. PMCID: PMC5357175.

Hernandez, K. E., Renata, H., Lewis, R. D., Kan, S. B. J., Zhang, C., Forte, J., Rozzell, D., McIntosh, J. A. & Arnold, F. H. Highly stereoselective biocatalytic synthesis of key cyclopropane intermediate to ticagrelor. (2016). ACS Catalysis, 6(11), 7810-7813.

Renata, H., Lewis, R. D., Sweredoski, M. J., Moradian, A., Hess, S., Wang, Z. J. & Arnold, F. H. Identification of mechanism-based inactivation in P450-catalyzed cyclopropanation facilitates engineering of improved enzymes. (2016). Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(38), 12527-12533. PMCID: PMC5042878.

Renata, H., Wang, Z. J. & Arnold, F. H. Expanding the Enzyme Universe: Accessing Non-Natural Reactions by Mechanism-Guided Directed Evolution. (2015). Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 54(11), 3351-3367.

Renata, H., Zhou, Q., Dunstl, G., Felding, J., Merchant, R. R., Yeh, C. H. & Baran, P. S. Development of a concise synthesis of ouabagenin and hydroxylated corticosteroid analogues. (2015). Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137(3), 1330-1340. PMCID: PMC4353025.

Wang, Z. J., Peck, N. E., Renata, H. & Arnold, F. H. Cytochrome P450-catalyzed insertion of carbenoids into N-H bonds. (2014). Chemical Science, 5(2), 598-601. PMCID: PMC3906682.

Wang, Z. J., Renata, H., Peck, N. E., Farwell, C. C., Coelho, P. S. & Arnold, F. H. Improved cyclopropanation activity of histidine-ligated cytochrome P450 enables the enantioselective formal synthesis of levomilnacipran. (2014). Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 53(26), 6810-6813. PMCID: PMC4120663.