University of Minnesota
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Mitchell Croatt, Ph.D.

Current position:

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro


Bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2002, and doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University in 2008


Undergraduate research with George O'Doherty, a professor of organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry from 1996 to 2001, graduate research with Paul Wender, and post doctoral research with Erick Carreira at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich)

Work background highlights:

I am currently beginning my academic career as an assistant professor in the area of organic chemistry. My passion for research and teaching led me to this position. What interests me is that I get to design hypotheses at the molecular level and then test it in lab and find out the results. It still amazes me that I get paid to do what I love.

What one thing from your experiences in the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry prepared you for what you currently are doing or plan to do in the future?:

The undergraduate research opportunities are definitely the most important for me. The summer research fellowship and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) are what got me excited about research and positively influenced my graduate school application.

I got married between undergraduate and graduate and have three daughters.