Dr. Paul Thornton (PhD, Dalhousie University) completed a BSc. in Chemistry and Biology at the University of New Brunswick. He then pursued doctoral studies at Dalhousie University, working under the supervision of Dr. Jean Burnell. His research at Dalhousie focused on applying a transition-metal mediated cyclization for synthetic routes toward the natural products aquariolide A and daphnilongeranin B. In 2009, Paul undertook a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Aubé at the Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development at the University of Kansas. There he developed new methods for the preparation of chemical libraries and compounds of potential biological importance. The recipient of several awards throughout his education, Paul has presented his work at conferences in both the United States and Canada, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.