Corey was born in 1974 in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Upon completion of secondary school in Collingwood, he began
studies in chemistry at the University of Waterloo in the coop program. As part of this program, he was able to participate in
internships in research labs at Apotex Inc., Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research and Astra Research Centre Montreal
(now AstraZeneca). After graduation in 1998, he began graduate studies under the direction of Professor Peter Wipf at the
University of Pittsburgh. His doctoral studies involved investigations into new C-C bond forming reactions of
alkenylzirconocenes and cascade reaction sequences which were initiated by this bond formation. These new compounds were
then utilized in a diversity-oriented approach to library synthesis and the methodologies implemented by the Pittsburgh CMLD.
Following his departure from Pittsburgh, he began post-doctoral studies at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich,
Switzerland under the direction of Professor Erick M. Carreira. The focus of his research activities in Zürich was in the area of
catalytic asymmetric synthesis and alkaloid total synthesis. In September 2007, he joined the Department of Chemistry at
Boston University as an Assistant Professor and is a co-PI in the Center for Methodologies and Library Development
(CMLD-BU). He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in February, 2013.
Since joining the department in 2007 Corey has been the recipient of the Thieme Synlett/Synthesis Journal Award (2009), the
Boehringer–Ingelheim New Investigator Award (2010), an NSF CAREER award (2011-2016), the Alfred P. Sloan Research
Fellowship (2011-2013), the Amgen Young Investigator Award (2011), the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry
(2012-2015), the Eli Lilly Grantee Award (2013-2015) and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2013).
Professor Corey Stephenson
Department of Chemistry
590 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 358-5089 (Office)
Fax: (617) 353-6466
Office: SCI 287
Lab: SCI 292/293
Graduate Student Applicants
Students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the Stephenson group should apply directly to the University of
Michigan Chemistry Graduate Program.
Highly motivated individuals with strong backgrounds in synthetic organic or related fields who are interested in postdoctoral
work in the Stephenson group should send an application by post including a cover letter, CV, summary of research
accomplishments, and relevant publications. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent
under separate cover. Applications by email will not be considered, nor will a response be given.
Undergraduate students who are interested in research opportunities in the Stephenson group are encouraged to arrange an
appointment via email.