Edo Mwenda
Technology Specialist

Edo Mwenda - Technology Specialist

Edo recently joined VHPM as a Technology Specialist after earning his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He is a native of Tanzania and is fluent in Swahili and English. Outside VHPM, Edo is a passionate entrepreneur building startups that create a better future globally. His entrepreneurial focus lies at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and life sciences/biotech. He also enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, building QCMedchain, and being a die-hard Manchester United fan. ‘Glory ManUtd!’

Edo’s Role Model: His Mother

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry (2017)

Macalester College, St. Paul, B.A., Chemistry (2005)


Mwenda, E. T.; Nguyen, H. M. Enantioselective Synthesis of 1,2-Diamines Containing Tertiary and Quaternary Centers through Rhodium-Catalyzed DYKAT of Racemic Allylic Trichloroacetimidates. Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 4814-4817.

Mwenda, E. T.; Vinyard, M. E.;Nguyen, H. M. Enantioselective Synthesis of α-fluoromethylated Amino Acids (Manuscript in preparation)

Arnold, J. S.; Mwenda, E. T.; Nguyen, H. M. Rhodium-Catalyzed Sequential Allylic Amination and Olefin Hydroacylation Reactions: Enantioselective Synthesis of Seven-Membered Nitrogen Heterocycles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 3688-3692.

Fischer, P. J.; Krohn, K. M.; Mwenda, E. T.; Young, V. G., Jr. 2-(Dimethylamino)ethylcyclopentadienyl Group VI Metal Carbonyl Anions and Divalent Tin(IV) Derivatives. Organometallics, 2005; 24, 1776-1779.

Fischer, P. J.; Krohn, K. M.; Mwenda, E. T.; Young, V. G., Jr. (2-(Dimethylammonium)ethyl) cyclopentadienyltricarbonylmetalates: Group VI Metal


NOBCChE’s 44th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (November 2017)

CRC International Symposium, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (October 2014)

Macalester College Summer Research Symposium (August 2003)

Pew Undergraduate Research Symposium in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, (November 2003)

Keck Student-Faculty Collaboration Award Symposium, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, (Feb 2004)

Zwitterions. Attenuation of the Brønsted Basicity and Nucleophilicity of Formally Anionic Metal Centers. Organometallics; 2005; 24; 5116-5126.

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