Dr. Megan Brennan's interests include the development of organic chemistry lab courses that give students hands-on opportunities to explore chemistry while reinforcing and building upon concepts learned in lecture classes. She aims for her labs to bring chemistry to life, and to afford students a chance to have fun and experience a taste of scientific discovery.
While studying chemistry at Lafayette College (B.S. 2002), Dr. Brennan worked on the preparation of triazaphenanthrenes and the Oxa–Pictet–Spengler reaction of 1-(3-furyl)alkan-2-ols. She completed her doctoral work at Stanford (Ph.D. 2008), conducting her thesis research in palladium asymmetric allylic alkylation under the advisement of Professor Barry Trost. During her postdoctoral research with Professor Scott Miller at Yale University, she investigated the use of peptides containing a thiazole side chain for use in acyl anion chemistry. She joined the teaching staff at University of California, Berkeley in 2010 before coming returning to Stanford in 2011 to spearhead the development of a new summer organic chemistry sequence, a comprehensive course designed for pre-meds, offering an entire year of organic chemistry in nine weeks.
Dr. Brennan also acts as the liaison to the chemistry majors, to promote events with faculty in both the academic and social aspect: providing an environment that allows students to be comfortable and able to learn, while helping them take advantage of every opportunity that Stanford offers.
Dr. Brennan's current research is in the development classroom experiments that bring cutting edge industrial and academic research into the undergraduate laboratory experience.
Trost, B. M., & Brennan, M. K. (2009). Asymmetric Syntheses of Oxindole and Indole Spirocyclic Alkaloid Natural Products. SYNTHESIS-STUTTGART, (18), 3003–3025.
Chan, J. M. W., Zhang, X., Brennan, M. K., Sardon, H., Engler, A. C., Fox, C. H., … Hedrick, J. L. (2015). Organocatalytic Ring-Opening Polymerization of Trimethylene Carbonate To Yield a Biodegradable Polycarbonate. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 92(4), 708–713.
Trost, B. M., & Brennan, M. K. (2006). Palladium asymmetric allylic alkylation of prochiral nucleophiles: Horsfiline. ORGANIC LETTERS, 8(10), 2027–2030.
Trost, B. M., & Brennan, M. K. (2007). Palladium-catalyzed regio- and enantioselective allylic alkylation of Bis allylic carbonates derived from Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts. ORGANIC LETTERS, 9(20), 3961–3964.
Nutaitis, C. F., & Brennan, M. (2004). Preparation of triazaphenanthrenes. ORGANIC PREPARATIONS AND PROCEDURES INTERNATIONAL, 36(4), 367–370.
Miles, W. H., Heinsohn, S. K., Brennan, M. K., Swarr, D. T., Eidam, P. M., & Gelato, K. A. (2002). The oxa-Pictet-Spengler reaction of 1-(3-furyl)alkan-2-ols. SYNTHESIS-STUTTGART, (11), 1541–1545.