P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Adel Elsohly, 2009

PhD, Columbia University

Adel Elsohly is the child of immigrants from Egypt

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Columbia University

ADEL ELSOHLY is a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. In 2014, he was awarded a highly competitive Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program postdoctoral fellowship to use novel biomolecular materials to study signaling networks important in breast cancer progression.

He completed a PhD in chemistry at Columbia University as a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow in 2012. Adel was also awarded a 2011 Roche Excellence in Chemistry prize for his graduate research prior to securing a postdoctoral research appointment at UC Berkeley.

Adel was born in Oxford, MS, the child of parents who emigrated from Egypt, are now naturalized citizens and live in Oxford, MS.

Adel completed his BS in pharmaceutical sciences, mathematics, and chemistry with election to Phi Beta Kappa and his MS in chemistry at the University of Mississippi. He held the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship.

Based on his research during college and later at Columbia, Adel has first-author publications in the Journal of American Chemical Society and the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry. At both the University of Mississippi and Columbia, he has been an active member of the Muslim-American community.

Adel intends a career in academia where his research will capitalize on chemoselective reactions to develop innovative tools to study various biological processes important in cancer. 

  • PhD Organic Chemistry | Columbia University 2012
  • MPhil Organic Chemistry | Columbia University 2011
  • MS Chemistry | University of Mississippi 2007
  • BS Mathematics | University of Mississippi 2007
  • BS Pharmaceutical Sciences | University of Mississippi 2006
  • Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Pegram Award for Dissertation Excellence
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Select Publications
  • A. M. ElSohly and M. B. Francis. Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 1971–1978.
  • S. L. Capehart, A. M. ElSohly, A. C. Obermeyer, and M. B. Francis. Bioconjugate Chem. 2014, 25, 1888– 1892.
  • K. M. El Muslemany, A. A. Twite, A. M. ElSohly, A. C. Obermeyer, R. Mathies, and M. B. Francis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 12600–12606.
  • N. E. Wright, A. M. ElSohly, and S. A. Snyder. Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 3644–3647.
  • A. M. ElSohly, D. A. Wespe, T. J. Poore, and S. A. Snyder. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 5789–5794.
  • S. A. Snyder, A. M. ElSohly, and F. Kontes. Nat. Prod. Rep. 2011, 28, 897–924.
  • S. A. Snyder, F. Kontes, and A. M. ElSohly. Heterocycles 2011, 84, 265–274.
  • S. A. Snyder, A. M. ElSohly, and F. Kontes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9693–9698.
  • A. M. ElSohly, B. W. Hopkins, K. L. Copeland, and G. S. Tschumper. Mol. Phys. 2009, 107, 923–928.
  • A. M. ElSohly and G. S. Tschumper. Int. J. Quantum Chem. 2009, 109, 91–96.
  • A. M. ElSohly, C. L. Shaw, M. E. Guice, B. D. Smith, and G. S. Tschumper. Mol. Phys. 2007, 105, 2777–2782.
  • B. W. Hopkins, A. M. ElSohly, and G. S. Tschumper. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2007, 9, 1550–1558.
  • A. M. ElSohly, M. L. Renault, and G. S. Tschumper. J. Phys. Chem. A 2006, 110, 1975–1977.
  • A. M. ElSohly, G. S. Tschumper, R. A. Crocombe, J. T. Wang, and T. F. Williams. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 10573–10583.
  • A. M. ElSohly, C. Netirojjanakul, I. L. Aanei, A. Jager, S. C. Bendall, M. E. Farkas, G. P. Nolan, and M. B. Francis. Bioconjugate Chem. 2015, 26, 1590–1596.
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