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  Logan Neel
Degree Program: Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences
Anticipated Graduation: 2020
Advisor: Forrest Smith, Ph.D.
Email: ltn0005@auburn.edu

Curriculum Vitae

B.S., Chemistry - Virginia Commonwealth, 2015

Research Areas:

  • Organic synthesis of indoles

Logan Neel is from Chesterfield, Virginia. Neel received his degree in Chemistry at VCU and participated as a student instructor in molecular biology, cellular biology and biochemistry. Neel’s current research is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of Neel’s research is to compare the analytical properties of varying indoles. The synthesis of indoles led to synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2 or spice. K2 and spice are toxic compounds because they are sprayed with various compounds unknown to the consumer, which ultimately leads to lethal side effects. The differentiation of the indole isomers negatively impacts the justice system, when ruling out which one is listed as a controlled drug. Neel is interested in organic synthesis research. It is interesting to him to synthesize a drug molecule and analyze it using computational methods. This leads to a better understanding of the different molecular interactions of a compound.

Last Updated: December 6, 2016