Will Pearson was a professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan from 1984 to 2003, where he taught organic chemistry and ran a program in synthetic organic chemistry, specializing in heterocyclic chemistry and the construction of alkaloids and other medicinally significant molecules.  His trainees typically gained positions in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in drug discovery and chemical development programs.  He taught at all levels in the areas of organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and physical organic chemistry.

Post-academia, Will was concerned with the research and development activities at a Berry & Associates, a company specializing in nucleic acids, oligonucleotide reagents, fluorescent probes, and heterocyclic compounds.

Currently, Will is active in two areas:

  1. Consulting and continuing education in organic and heterocyclic chemistry at Pearson Chemistry Solutions. Readers of this blog might be interested in his two-day industrial short course entitled, “Heterocyclic Chemistry: A Drug-Oriented Approach,”  an up-to-date, intensive overview of the preparative aspects of molecules likely to be of interest to chemists involved in small-molecule drug discovery.
  2. Leadership Developmental Coaching at Will Pearson Coaching. Will enjoys supporting scientists and others who are in leadership positions, or are headed that way. Beyond expertise in your particular subject matter, what other strengths might you develop to put your effectiveness over the top?

Enjoy the blog, and please take a moment to contribute a comment or suggest a topic.

You can reach Will using the form on the Contact page or send him an e-mail at:

will at pearsonchemsolutions dot com


will at willpearsoncoaching dot com

You can also find him on Twitter (heterocyclist56), FaceBook (The Heterocyclist), and LinkedIn.

Will Pearson

Raleigh, NC

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