Alison Narayan

Alison Narayan's main research interest is identifiying enzymes from secondary metabolite pathways with potential synthetic utility and developing methods based on these biocatalysts to enable access to biologically active target molecules.

Narayan holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her undergradaute studies in chemistry at the University of Michigan, where she later returned as a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of LSI faculty member David Sherman.

She joined the Life Sciences Institute faculty as an assistant professor in 2015. 


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sherman lab, University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, Ann Arbor (2012-2015)
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2006)


  • American Chemical Society C&EN, Talented 12 (2016)
  • Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2015)
  • Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program Fellow, University of Michigan (2012)
  • Roche Symposium: Excellence in Chemistry graduate student fellow (2010)
  • Delegate, 59th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates (2009)
  • Amgen Graduate Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award, University of Michigan (2006)

Further Reading

New Faculty Profile: Beyond Nature's Chemistry