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Dr. Aldrich received his PhD in organic chemistry from UCLA in 2001 with Prof. Craig Merlic where he completed the total synthesis of the entire family of polyketide fungal natural products known as the Calphostins using novel organometallic methodology featuring Fischer chromium carbenes. Following his PhD, he performed a postdoc with Professor David H Sherman at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Microbiology studying polyketide biosynthesis. Dr. Aldrich is presently an associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, where his research is focused on the preparing new antibacterial agents, design of chemical probes to study natural product biosynthetic enzymes, and the development of new methodology for organic synthesis. He is also the editor-in-chief of ACS Infectious Diseases, one of the newest ACS journals that broadly focuses on the application of chemistry to infectious disease research.