© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Jean Dam

RISE Degree 

PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand

RISE Network(s) 
South African
Current Position 

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University (OSU), USA


Jean's postdoctoral research topic spans the synthetic, mechanistic and biological studies of novel metal-imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines and xanthones.

Jean's doctoral research was in two areas:

The first was into using multicomponent coupling reactions to generate novel compounds that show potent anticancer activity. This project was organic based, but branched into inorganic and physical chemistry.

The second was an investigation into the mechanism of a novel reaction that was discovered in her lab at Wits, where ceric ammonium sulphate (CAS) was used in the key step in the synthesis of Xanthones.

Special Accomplishments 

2011 Sasol Award: Best Honours Project, 2011

2011 Penny Huddle Award for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Laboratories

2012 South African NRF Innovation Bursary

Poster Presentation at Indaba 7 Crystallography Conference, Kruger Park, South Africa, 2012

Poster Presentation at the Bi-National Organic Chemistry Conference, Tutzing, Germany, 2013


SA Patent: SA 2016/02478

Dam J, Ismail Z, Kurebwa T, Gangat N, Harmse L, et al. 2017. Synthesis of copper and zinc 2-(pyridin-2-yl) imidazo [1, 2-a] pyridine complexes and their potential anticancer activity. Eur. J. Med. Chem. 126:353–68.

Completed Degree 
June 2016