About Tim Wencewicz


Tim Wencewicz was born (1983) and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO.  After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006 with a BS in Chemistry & Applied Mathematics, he went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (2011) working for Prof. Marvin J. Miller.  During his time at UND, he was part of an interdisciplinary NIH training program which enabled him to complete a research internship in Jena, Germany, at the Hans Knoll Institute working with Dr. Ute Mollmann.  Tim was a postdoc with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School and then returned to his native Missouri to join the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2013.  His research is focused on antibiotic drug discovery and mechanistic enzymology. Tim is married to Rachel Wencewicz (formerly Ruopp) and has two little girls (Grace and Lucy).

Awards & Honors: Sloan Research Fellow (2018), Cottrell Scholars Award (2017), NSF CAREER Award (2017), ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award (2016), NIH Mentoring Workshop (Dalls, TX 2016), ACS Division of Biological Chemistry Travel Award (2015), ORAU Junior Faculty Award (WUSTL, 2014), Shaheen Research Award (UND, 2012), Rohm & Haas Research Award (UND, 2011), Jeremiah Freeman Teaching Award (UND, 2010), Provost Research Award (SEMO, 2006)

Memberships: American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, ASBMB, SIMB, WUSTL DBBS, WUSTL Siteman Cancer Center, U. of Notre Dame Graduate School and Research Advisory Council

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Assistant Professor, 2013-present
Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Chemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Chris Walsh, 2011-2013
Harvard Medical School
Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, w/ Marv Miller, 2011
BS, Chemistry & Math, Southeast Missouri State University, 2006

Research Interests:

Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistance, Enzyme Mechanisms, Enzyme Inhibitors, Natural Products, Biosynthesis, Drug Delivery, Anticancer Agents, Diversity-Oriented Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery