Scott Ulrich

Scott Ulrich

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Biochemistry
Faculty, Premed Option

Specialty:Organic and Biological Chemistry
Phone:(607) 274-7977
Office:352A Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fall 2015 Courses

Principles of Chemistry

Principles of Chemistry lab

Organic Chemistry II


I began studying chemistry at Temple University and had my first research experience in the lab of Grant Krow.  There, I worked on a hetero-Diels Alder reaction and regioselective alkene functionalization towards the synthesis of homo-epibatidine.  After Temple, I began graduate work at Princeton in the lab of Kevan Shokat.  There I did work on protein engineering to alter the nucleotide substrate preference of protein tyrosine kinases to identify their downstream signaling partners as well as design and synthesis of histone deacetylase inhibitors. 

Research in Biological Chemistry

There are several projects ongoing in the lab, all of which involve using chemistry to elucidate or control biological systems.  Undergraduate students in my lab often learn various techniques such as organic synthesis, protein expression/purification and enzymology. 

Research Group Alumni

Alumni have often gone on to graduate and medical schools. Below is a list of some of my former students and where they went after IC:

  • Carina Chittum, PhD program in Chemistry at Harvard University
  • Kevin Litwin, PhD program at the Scripps Research Institute
  • James Annand, PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Michigan
  • Nate Heldt, MD/PhD aspirant.
  • Leah Graham, PhD student at Tufts University
  • Dr. Cornell Conca- Medical School at New York Medical College
  • Dr. Nicky Stephenson- PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Mike MaCauley- Graduate of Penn State Medical School at Hershey
  • Dr. Chris Roessler- PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Arizona
  • Dr. Mark Hedglin- PhD in Chemical Biology, at the University of Michigan
  • Dr. Sam Oliver- PhD in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Keris KrennHrubec- MPH from the University of Michigan
  • Colleen O'Loughlin- PhD student in Molecular Biology at Princeton

Selected Publications

(*IC undergraduates)

Lehmann M, Hoffmann MJ, Koch A, Ulrich SM, Schulz WA, Niegisch G.  "Histone deacetylase 8 is deregulated in urothelial cancer but not a target for efficient treatment."  J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Jul 10;33(1):59

Chen A, Karolczak-Bayatti M, Sweeney M, Treumann A, Morrissey K, Ulrich SM, Europe-Finner GN, Taggart MJ.  Lysine deacetylase inhibition promotes relaxation of arterial tone and C-terminal acetylation of HSPB6 (Hsp20) in vascular smooth muscle cells. Physiol Rep. 2013 Nov;1(6)  link

Shimazu T, Hirschey MD, Newman J, He W, Shirakawa K, Le Moan N, Grueter CA, Lim H, Saunders LR, Stevens RD, Newgard CB, Farese RV Jr, de Cabo R, Ulrich S, Akassoglou K, Verdin E.   "Suppression of oxidative stress by β-hydroxybutyrate, an endogenous histone deacetylase inhibitor."  Science. 2013 Jan 11;339(6116):211-4 link

Magadalena Karolczak-Bayatti, Michele Sweeney, Joanna Cheng, Lydia Edey, Stephen C. Robson, Scott M. Ulrich, Achim Treumann, Michael J. Taggart, and G. Nicholas Europe-Finner   "Acetylation of heat shock protein 20 (Hsp20) regulates human myometrial activity" J. Biol. Chem2011 doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.278549 link

Tao Su, David M. Bryant, Frédéric Luton, Marcel Vergés, Scott M. Ulrich, Kirk C. Hansen, Anirban Datta, Dennis J. Eastburn, Alma L. Burlingame, Kevan M. Shokat Keith E. Mostov   "A kinase cascade leading to Rab11-FIP5 controls transcytosis of the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor" Nature Cell Biology 2010 DOI: doi:10.1038/ncb2118

Swem L, Swem D, O'Loughlin C*, Gatmaitman R*, Ulrich SM, Bassler B.  A Quorum Sensing Antagonist that Targets Both Membrane-Bound and Cytoplasmic Receptors Controls Bacterial Pathogenicity  Molecular Cell  35 (2) 143-153, 31 July 2009 link 

Oehme I, Deubzer HE, Wegener D, Pickert D, Linke J, Hero B, Kopp-Schneider A, Westermann F, Ulrich SM, von Deimling A, Fischer M, and Olaf Witt. "Histone Deacetylase 8 in NeuroblastomaTumorigenesis" Clinical Cancer Research 91 15(1) January 1, 2009 link

Ulrich SM "Chemistry and Roles of Protein Kinases and Dephosphorylases" 2007 Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology link

KrennHrubec K*, Marshal B, Hedglin M*, Verdin E and Ulrich SM. "Design and Evaluation of Linkerless Hydroxamic Acids and Selective HDAC8 Inhibitors" 2007 March 30 Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters link


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