Paramjit Arora

Paramjit Arora

Paramjit Arora
President Elect
Professor of Chemistry
New York University

Professional Positions

New York University, Professor of Chemistry, 2002-present


California Institute of Technology, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Peter Dervan, 1999-2002
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. 1999, Graduate Student with Prof. James Nowick, 1993-1999
University of California, Berkeley, B.S. 1992, Undergraduate Research Assistant with Prof. Richard Mathies, 1988-1992

APS Service

Co-Chair, American Peptide Symposium, 2019
Member, APS Fundraising Committee, 2018-present

Awards & Honors

2020 & 2007, Golden Dozen Award for Outstanding Teaching, NYU
2019, Oberlin College Hirschman Lectureship
2015, American Peptide Society Makineni Lectureship
2011, Eppley Visiting Professor of Oncology
2006, Inaugural American Chemical Society Young Investigator Symposium Award
2005, Whitehead Fellowship for Young Faculty in Biomedicine
2005, Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award
2005, Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship
2003, New York State James D. Watson Investigator Award
1999, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

My group applies principles of physical organic chemistry to molecular recognition and catalysis. We explore peptides and peptidomimetics to target biomolecular complexes and design organocatalysts for amide bond formation.

Personal Statement

As an organizer of the 2019 APS Symposium and a long-time APS member, I have learned about the great successes and continuing challenges that the Society faces. The role of the American Peptide Society as a platform for promoting interdisciplinary science from scientists of diverse backgrounds is only growing in importance. This is particularly true as we witness the increasing impact of peptide science throughout academia and industry, in part due to the dynamic cross-fertilization of peptide science and other disciplines. The APS thus has a key role to play in nurturing the innovation and energy in the field through meetings, awards, and networking opportunities. I hope to help APS continue to fulfill this mission.

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Save the Date

Save the Date

Please join us for the 27th American Peptide Symposium to be held June 11-16, 2022 in the beautiful mountain town of Whistler, Canada. Note this event was postponed a year due to COVID-19. The meeting program will cover a broad range of peptide-related topics and provides an excellent opportunity to network with scientists from around the world.