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Department of Chemistry

Iraj Ganjian

Iraj GanjianProfessor, Organic Chemistry
Phone: 718-960-8837
Office: Davis Hall 422


  • Pharm. D., School of Pharmacy, Teheran University, Iran, 1968
  • M. S., College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Colombia University, 1973
  • M. PH., Columbia University; 1975
  • Ph. D., Columbia University; 1977
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, 1979-1981

Research synopsis

My research is spread across organic, heterocycles, organoselenium, organometetellic and natural products with overlap between the different areas. It presents basic research involving studies of mechanisms and functional groups transformation in organic compounds. Synthesis of selenium heterocycles and acetylenic selenides such as amino acids containing selenide moiety. Carbohydrate-based metal chelators of biological interest. Natural products chemistry, isolation, identification and separation techniques.


  • I. Ganjian, M. J. Pettei, K. Nakanishi and K. Kaissling; "A Photoaffinity-Labelled Insect Sex Pheromone for the Moth Antheraea polyphemus." Nature, 271, 157-158 (1978).
  • I. Ganjian, I. Kubo and T. Kubota; "Rapid and Micro Identification of Biologically Active Diterpenes in Rabdosia umbrosus var excisinflexus (Labiatae) by Reversed Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography." J. Chromatogr.,200, 250-253 (1980).
  • K. Karimian, I. Ganjian and M. Askari; "Evidence for the Involvement of a Tetrahedral Intermediate in the H-D Exchange of C-2 Proton in Thiazolium Ion." Tetrahedron Letters, 22, 581-582 (1981).
  • I. Kubo and I. Ganjian; "Insect Antifeedant Terpenes, Hot-tasting to Humans." Experientia, 37, 1063-1064 (1981).
  • I. Ganjian, W. Loher and I. Kubo; "Determination of Prostaglandin E2 in the Cricket, Teleogryllus commodus, by Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography." J. Chromatogr., 216, 380-384 (1981).
  • W. Loher, I. Ganjian, I. Kubo, D. Stanley-Samuelson and S. S. Tobe; "Prostaglandins: Their Role in Egg-laying of the Cricket Teleogryllus commodus." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA, 78, 7835-7838 (1981).
  • I. Kubo, I. Ganjian and T. Kubota; "Chemotaxonomic Significance of Ent-kaurene Diterpenes in Rabdosia umbrosus Varieties." Phytochemistry, 21, 81-83 (1982).
  • I. Kubo, J. A. Klocke, I. Ganjian, N. Ichikawa and T. Matsemoto; "Efficient Isolation of Phytoecdysones from Ajuga Plants by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Droplet Counter-Current Chromatography (DCCC)."
  • J. Chromatogr., 257, 157-161 (1983).
  • I. Ganjian, I. Kubo and P. Fludzinski; "Insect Antifeedant Elemanolide Lactones from Vernonia amygdalina (Compositae)." Phytochemistry, 22, 2525-2526 (1983).
  • I. Ganjian and I. Lalezari; "A Convenient Synthesis of Glycosminine, 4-Quina-zolinone Alkaloid, and Related Compounds."Synth. Commun., 14, 33-37 (1984).
  • I. Ganjian and I. Lalezari; "Synthesis of Selenium Analogs of Glycerol from 1,2,3-Selenadiazoles." J. Heterocyclic Chem., 22, 857-858 (1985).
  • W. Loher, I. Ganjian, I. Kubo, D. Stanley-Samuelson and S. S. Tobe; "Location and Synthesis of PGE2 , an Egg-laying Stimulant of the Cricket, Teleogryllus commodus." Current Trends in Comparative Endocrinology, 391-393 (1985).
  • I. Ganjian, I. Lalezari, S. V. DiMeo and L. A. Gomez; "Syntheses of Beta-Hydroxyselenides and Selenides from 1,2,3-Selenadiazoles: Selenophilic
  • Reaction of Phenylmagnesium Bromide on Alpha-Selenoketones." J. Heterocyclic Chem., 23, 893-895 (1986).
  • I. Ganjian; Sadtler Standard Spectra. Philadelphia: Sadtler Research Laboratories, class=Section2> Supplements (1987). Infrared Spectrograms 71372k-71375K and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrograms 44356M-44359M. Spectrograms of compounds related to 4-Quinazolinone Alkaloids, published in, Synth. Commun., 14, 33-37 (1984).
  • I. Kubo, M. Kim, I. Ganjian, T. Kamikawa and Y. Yamagiwa; "Isolation, Structure and Synthesis of Maesanin, a Host Defense Stimulant from an African Medicinal Plant Maesa Lanceolata." Tetrahedron, 43, 2653-2660 (1987).
  • T. A. Borgese, J. P. Harrington, I. Ganjian and C. Duran; "Hemoglobin Properties and Polymerization in the Marine TeleostLophius americanus Goosefish)."
  • Comp. Biochem. Physiol., 91B, 663-670 (1988).
  • I. Ganjian; "Preparation of Beta-Hydroxysulfides from 1,2,3-Thiadiazoles. Comparison of the Effect of Phenylmagnesium Bromide on Alpha-Thio and Alpha-Selenoketones." J. Heterocyclic Chem., 27, 2037-2039 (1990).
  • I. Ganjian, M. Khorshidi and I. Lalezari; "Synthesis and Cytotoxic Activity of 2 - Dialkylaminoalkyl-1,3-dihydropyrrolo[3,4-c]quinoline-1,3-diones and 6-(2-
  • Dimethylaminoethyl)-1H-dibenz[c,e]azepine-5,7-dione." J. Heterocyclic Chem.,28, 1173-1175 (1991).
  • I. Ganjian, R.L. Baumgarten and R.J. Valenzuela; "Using Spin-Spin Decoupling NMR for Structure Elucidation in the Extraction of Cinnamaldehyde."J. Chem. Educ., 68, 511-513 (1992).
  • N. D. Sachinvala, H. Chen, W. P. Niemczura, E. Furusawa, R. E.Cramer and I. Ganjian; "Synthesis, Characterization and Anti-cancer Activities of the First Platinum Complexes from Sucrose."J. Med. Chem., 36, 1791-1795 (1993).
  • I. Ganjian and D.V. Basile; "Reductive Syntheses of p-Aminophenyl-$-D-glucoside and its Conversion to $-Glucosyl Yariv Reagent."Analytical Biochemistry, 246, 152-155 (1997).
  • N. D. Sachinvala, R. K. Menescal, D. L. Winsor, W. P. Niemczura, M. H. Litt and I. Ganjian; “Sucrose-Based Epoxy Monomers and Their Reactions with Diethylenetriamine.” J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 36, 2397-2413 (1998).
  • D. V. Basile and I. Ganjian; $-Glucosyl and"-Galactosyl Yariv Reagents; Synthesesfrom p-Nitrophenyl-D-glycosides by Transfer Reduction Using Ammonium Formate".J.Agric. Food Chem., 25. 7453 - 7456 (2004).
  • Ganjian, Iraj, in America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Publisher Pizzo andPizzo, Westbury, New York. 6th Ed., Sect.12, SIC 82, 447(2007)