Hans Renata

Assoc Professor Tenure
Department of Chemistry
Florida Campus


Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Program

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), Scripps Research, 2013
B.A. (Chemistry), Columbia University, 2008

Professional Experience

2013-2016 Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology

Awards & Professional Activities

Selected References

All Publications

Wang, W. J., Taber, D. F. & Renata, H. Practical Enzymatic Production of Carbocycles. (2021). Chemistry-a European Journal, 27(46), 11773-11794.

Li, F. Z., Yang, L. C., Zhang, J. Y., Chen, J. S. & Renata, H. Stereoselective Synthesis of β-Branched Aromatic α-Amino Acids by Biocatalytic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution*. (2021). Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, PMCID: PMC8319157.

Li, J. & Renata, H. Concise Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Fasamycin A. (2021). Journal of Organic Chemistry, 86(16), 11206-11211.

Renata, H., Shimizu, Emily & Zwick, C. R. Regiodivergent biocatalytic hydroxylation of L-Glutamine facilitated by characterization of Non-Heme dioxygenases from Non-Ribosomal peptide biosyntheses. (2021). Tetrahedron, 90. PMCID: PMC8346205.

Stout, C. N. & Renata, H. Reinvigorating the Chiral Pool: Chemoenzymatic Approaches to Complex Peptides and Terpenoids. (2021). Accounts of Chemical Research, 54(5), 1143-1156. PMCID: PMC8138964.

Zwick, C. R., Sosa, M. B. & Renata, H. Modular Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of GE81112 B1 and Related Analogues Enables Elucidation of Its Key Pharmacophores. (2021). Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143(3), 1673-1679. PMCID: PMC8133794.

Zhang, X., King-Smith, E., Dong, L. B., Yang, L. C., Rudolf, J. D., Shen, B. & Renata, H. Divergent synthesis of complex diterpenes through a hybrid oxidative approach. (2020). Science, 369(6505), 799-806.

Amatuni, A., Shuster, A., Adibekian, A. & Renata, H. Concise Chemoenzymatic Total Synthesis and Identification of Cellular Targets of Cepafungin I. (2020). Cell Chemical Biology, 27(10), 1318-1326.

Renata, H. Exploration of Iron- and α-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Dioxygenases as Practical Biocatalysts in Natural Product Synthesis. (2020). Synlett,

Lia, J., Amatuni, A. & Renata, H. Recent advances in the chemoenzymatic synthesis of bioactive natural products. (2020). Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, 55, 111. PMCID: PMC7237303.