Scott Schaus, PhD
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Harvard University
DEng, Boston University
BA, Boston University

Professor Schaus received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University in 1999 and did postdoctoral studies in Andy Myers’ laboratory at Harvard University as an NIH fellow.

Research in the Schaus Group is focused in two major areas: enantioselective catalytic synthetic methodologies for chemical synthesis and biomedical research, the latter conducted at the Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery. Catalytic methods developed in the Schaus Research Laboratories include asymmetric Mannich reactions, enantioselective boronate reactions, and metal-promoted condensation reactions.

Asymmetric Mannich Reactions – The use of cinchona amine, acid, and diol catalysis in the synthesis of chiral amines and heterocycles.

Enantioselective Boronate Catalysis – The development of methodologies to construct chiral building blocks and natural products using boronates.

Biomedical Research – In conjunction with the CMD-BU, advance translational science in the treatment of cancer and infectious disease.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma – Taking on liver cancer in the lab.

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Techniques & Resources:

Organic Synthesis techniques are used and include modern methods for synthesis, purification, and analysis of organic molecules.

The Center for Molecular Discovery (CMD-BU) is an NIH-funded Center at Boston University which focuses on development of new methodologies for the synthesis of chemical libraries and biomedical research.

Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Targeting the Genus Leishmania with Small Molecules
03/24/2021 - 02/28/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Scott Schaus, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Advancement of a poxvirus inhibitor
03/12/2020 - 02/28/2025 (Co-Investigator)
PI: John H. Connor, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Treatment of HCC by Targeting LSF with small Molecules
02/10/2020 - 08/01/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Scott Schaus, PhD
Shepherd Therapeutics

Accelerating General Anesthetic Discovery and Mechanisms Research with Zebrafish
08/01/2018 - 07/31/2021 (Co-Investigator)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIGMS

Enantioselective Catalytic Boronate Reactions
01/01/2015 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

High-Throughput Chemistry Platform (HTCP) for Reaction Screening
01/01/2018 - 03/31/2019 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Aaron Beeler, PhD
Department of Defense/DARPA

New Compounds for the Treatment of Leishmaniasis
12/30/2013 - 03/01/2017 (PI)
GlaxoSmithKline Investigacion y Desarrollo, S.L.

Treatment of HCC by Targeting LSF with small Molecules
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 (PI)
PharmLogic, LLC

09/01/2010 - 08/31/2014 (Key Person)
PI: John A. Porco, PhD
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Targeting the Genus Leishmania with Small Molecules 5R01AI151639-04
2024 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-05
2023 Targeting the Genus Leishmania with Small Molecules 5R01AI151639-03
2023 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-04
2022 Targeting the Genus Leishmania with Small Molecules 5R01AI151639-02
2022 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-03
2021 Targeting the Genus Leishmania with Small Molecules 1R01AI151639-01A1
2021 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-02
2020 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 1R01AI151559-01
2018 Enantioselective Catalytic Boronate Reactions 5R01GM078240-09 26
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  1. Kavouris JA, McCall LI, Giardini MA, De Muylder G, Thomas D, Garcia-Pérez A, Cantizani J, Cotillo I, Fiandor JM, McKerrow JH, De Oliveira CI, Siqueira-Neto JL, González S, Brown LE, Schaus SE. Discovery of pyrazolopyrrolidinones as potent, broad-spectrum inhibitors of Leishmania infection. Front Trop Dis. 2023; 3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36818551; PMCID: PMC9937549; DOI: 10.3389/fitd.2022.1011124;
  2. Brown LE, Seitz S, Kondas AV, Marcyk PT, Filone CM, Hossain MM, Schaus SE, Olson VA, Connor JH. Identification of Small Molecules with Improved Potency against Orthopoxviruses from Vaccinia to Smallpox. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2022 Nov 15; 66(11):e0084122.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36222522; PMCID: PMC9664851; DOI: 10.1128/aac.00841-22;
  3. Yunes SA, Willoughby JLS, Kwan JH, Biagi JM, Pokharel N, Chin HG, York EA, Su KC, George K, Shah JV, Emili A, Schaus SE, Hansen U. Factor quinolinone inhibitors disrupt spindles and multiple LSF (TFCP2)-protein interactions in mitosis, including with microtubule-associated proteins. PLoS One. 2022; 17(6):e0268857.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35704642; PMCID: PMC9200292; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0268857;
  4. Lotfollahzadeh S, Lo D, York EA, Napoleon MA, Yin W, Elzinad N, Le J, Zhang M, Yang X, Morrissey A, Elsadawi M, Zhao Q, Schaus SE, Hansen U, Chitalia VC. Pharmacologic Manipulation of Late SV40 Factor Suppresses Wnt Signaling and Inhibits Growth of Allogeneic and Syngeneic Colon Cancer Xenografts. Am J Pathol. 2022 Aug; 192(8):1167-1185.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35710032; PMCID: PMC9379689; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2022.04.006;
  5. Stoiber P, Scribani Rossi P, Pokharel N, Germany JL, York EA, Schaus SE, Hansen U. Factor quinolinone inhibitors alter cell morphology and motility by destabilizing interphase microtubules. Sci Rep. 2021 12 07; 11(1):23564. PMID: 34876605; PMCID: PMC8651680; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-02962-0;
  6. Willoughby JLS, George K, Roberto MP, Chin HG, Stoiber P, Shin H, Pedamallu CS, Schaus SE, Fitzgerald K, Shah J, Hansen U. Targeting the oncogene LSF with either the small molecule inhibitor FQI1 or siRNA causes mitotic delays with unaligned chromosomes, resulting in cell death or senescence. BMC Cancer. 2020 Jun 15; 20(1):552. PMID: 32539694; PMCID: PMC7296649; DOI: 10.1186/s12885-020-07039-1;
  7. Stoiber P, Ekladious I, Zhao Q, Colson YL, Schaus SE, Hansen U, Grinstaff MW. Expansile Nanoparticles Encapsulate Factor Quinolinone Inhibitor 1 and Accumulate in Murine Liver upon Intravenous Administration. Biomacromolecules. 2020 04 13; 21(4):1499-1506.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32101401
  8. Chin HG, Esteve PO, Ruse C, Lee J, Schaus SE, Pradhan S, Hansen U. The microtubule-associated histone methyltransferase SET8, facilitated by transcription factor LSF, methylates a-tubulin. J Biol Chem. 2020 04 03; 295(14):4748-4759. PMID: 32111740; PMCID: PMC7135998; DOI: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.010951;
  9. Smith MJ, Reichl KD, Escobar RA, Heavey TJ, Coker DF, Schaus SE, Porco JA. Asymmetric Synthesis of Griffipavixanthone Employing a Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Cycloaddition. J Am Chem Soc. 2019 01 09; 141(1):148-153.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30566336; PMCID: PMC6475489; DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b12520;
  10. Wong CR, Hummel G, Cai Y, Schaus SE, Panek JS. [4 + 2]-Cycloaddition and 1,4-Addition of ortho-Quinone Methides by a Chiral Crotyl Silane. Org Lett. 2019 01 04; 21(1):32-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30557029
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2004-2009 NSF CAREER Award
2002-2004 Research Corporation: Research Innovation Award
1999-2001 National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow
1995-1999 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow
1994 Phi Beta Kappa
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