David L. Van Vranken

Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
UCI School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1983


David Van Vranken's recent appointment as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education continues a commitment to undergraduate education that spans over two decades. Dr. Van Vranken served as the Vice Chair of Teaching and Academic Curriculum for the Department of Chemistry from 2004-2008. He enjoys mentoring undergraduate researchers in his laboratory and has advised many students throughout the years.

Dr. Van Vranken was recipient of the School of Physical Sciences Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in both 2000 and 2007. The 2005 graduating class presented him the School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Professor Award.

Dr. Van Vranken’s research centers around organic synthesis. His early research involved harnessing unique patterns of reactivity in peptides and moved on to development of new transition metal catalyzed reactions and their applications in the synthesis of bioactive molecules. He is a recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, a National Science Foundation Career Award, and a UCI Faculty Career Development Award. He has been honored as a Glaxo-Wellcome Chemistry Scholar, Eli-Lilly Faculty Grantee, Research Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar of the American Chemical Society.