Stephanie Ann Blaszczyk

Credentials: Chemistry Ph.D., Spring 2020 (Tang)

SB Science Speak
Professor Weiping Tang
Discovery of S‐Adamantyl Group Directed Site‐Selective Acylation and Its Applications in the Synthesis of Oligosaccharides
Future Plans
I will continue to be a science communicator, and I will join Covance in June 2020 as a medical writer. I also am working on a cookbook, although I'm a terrible cook to be honest.
Stephanie Blaszczyk


  • “S-adamantyl group directed site-selective acylation and its application in the streamlined assembly of oligosaccharides.” Blaszczyk, S.A.; Xiao, G.; Wen, P.; Hao, H.; Wu, J.; Wang, B.; Carattino, F.; Li, Z.; Glazier, D. A.; McCarty, B. M.; Liu, P.; Tang, W. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (28), 9542-9546.
  • “Synthesis of glycosyl chlorides and bromides by chelation assisted activation of picolinic esters under mild neutral conditions.” Wen, P.; Simmons, C.J.; Ma, Z-x.; Blaszczyk, S.A.; Balzer, P.G.; Ye, W.; Duan, X.; Wang, H-Y.; Yin, D.; Stevens, C. M.; Tang, W. Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 1495-1498.
  • “Rhodium-catalyzed (5+2) and (5+1) cycloadditions using 1,4-enynes as the five-carbon building blocks.” Blaszczyk, S. A.; Glazier, D. A.; Tang. W. Acc. Chem. Res. 2019, 53, 231-243.
  • “A diversification strategy for the synthesis of polycyclic scaffolds with medium-sized rings from complex natural products.” Zhao, C.; Ye, Z.; Ma, Z-x, Wildman, S.A.; Blaszczyk, S.A.; Hu, L.; Tang, W. Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 4015-4024.
  • “Site- and stereoselective phosphoramidation of carbohydrates using a chiral catalyst and a chiral electrophile.” Glazier, D. A.; Schroeder, J. M.; Blaszczyk, S. A.; Tang, W. Adv. Syn. Cat. 2019, 361 (16), 3729-3732.
  • “Recent advances in site-selective functionalization of carbohydrates mediated by organocatalysts.” Blaszczyk, S.A.; Homan, T.; Tang, W. Carb. Res. 2019, 471, 64-77.
  • “Chiral reagents in glycosylation and modification of carbohydrates.” Wang, H-Y.; Blaszczyk, S.A.; Xiao, G.; Tang, W. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2018, 47, 681-701.
  • “Addressing the challenge of carbohydrate site selectivity by synergistic catalysis.” Blaszczyk, S.A.; Tang, W. Chem. 2017, 3, 722-723.


My favorite memory, although very recent, was being asked to serve as the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science’s 2020 graduate student representative for spring commencement. Madison has been my second home since I was 18, and as I turn 30 next month, it was an honor to share some of my memories with the newest class of UW alumni.


Stephanie Blaszczyk is a science writer/communicator, the editor-in-chief of Chembites, a former AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and a former WISCIENCE Public Service Fellow. Stephanie studied chemistry at Rockford University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2013. She then worked in industry, first at a small company then at a global corporation, before returning to UW-Madison in 2016 to pursue graduate studies under the direction of Professor Weiping Tang. Her research focused developing more efficient methods for the chemical synthesis of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates contain five similar yet distinct hydroxyl groups so modifying one hydroxyl while leaving the others unchanged is no easy feat. She discovered a novel reaction that allows for the site-selective modification of these hard-to-make but essential molecules.



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