Elias Picazo

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Elias Picazo
Pronouns He / Him / His Email epicazo@usc.edu Office Phone (213) 740-5976

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute,


Elias grew up in central California and moved to the coast to study chemistry and math at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Elias moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2018, Elias left California to study at Harvard University. Over the years, Elias has gained expertise in synthesis, catalysis, and reaction development. Now Elias is back in California developing interesting reactions and efficiently synthesizing molecules of interest.


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
  • B.S. Chemistry and Math, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
    • NIH K99/R00 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2018-2021
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Researchers in the Picazo group focus on inventing new reactions and creating new molecules. Specifically, our group 1) develops metal-catalyzed reactions and enantioselective reactions, and 2) synthesizes natural products and new materials.

    Research Keywords

    Synthetic organic chemistry, catalysis, reaction development

    • Royal Society of Chemistry, Organic Division Horizon Prize, 2021-2022
    • NIH K99/R00 Fellow, 2020-2021
    • Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award, 2018-2019
    • Satyan and Vimala Majeti Fellow, 2018-2019
    • NIH F31 Graduate Fellow, 2015-2018
    • UCLA Research Showcase Fellowship, 2017-2018
    • Christopher S. Foote Fellow, 2016-2017
    • UCLA Seaborg Symposium Poster Award, 2015-2016
    • UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow, 2013-2015
    • NSF AGEP Competitive Edge Fellow, 2013-2014
    • UCLEADs Symposium Poster Award, 2013-2014
    • UCSB CAMP Graduate Application Scholarship, 2013-2014
    • UCSB Chancellor’s Scholar, 2009-2013
    • UCSB Dean’s Honor, 2009-2013
    • Pfizer AIR Fellow, 2012-2013
    • UCLEADs Fellow, 2012-2013
  • Committees

    • Member, Graduate Recruitment Committee, 2022 –

    Other Service to the University

    • USC SACNAS Faculty Advisor, 2022 –
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