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CURRICULUM VITAE Solomon Teklu Weldegirma Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave. CHE 205, Tampa, FL 33620 Phone: (813) 974-5208 (office) (813) 470 0771 (cell) E-mail: [email protected]

EDUCATION · Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2001-2004, University of Oslo, Norway. · M.S. in Organic chemistry, 1993-1995, Addis Ababa, University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. · B.S. with honor in Chemistry, 1985-1989, Asmara University, Eritrea. WORK EXPERIENCE · 2007-present, Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and instructor of organic chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida 2006-2007, Visiting Organic Chemistry Laboratory coordinator and instructor of organic chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida

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2005-2006, Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida o Mentor: Dr. Bill J. Baker - Degradative studies of Palmerolides (Macrocyclic polyketides with anticancer behaviour). - Chiral synthesis of the degradative products of Palmerolides. - Total syntheses of 13C labeled Erebusinone and Erebusinonamine, compounds that have been implicated in molt inhibition and mortality against Antarctic crustacean amphipods.

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2001-2005, Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, Norway. - Advisors: Professor Frode Rise and Professor Lise-Lotte Gundersen o Synthesis of indolizine compounds as 15-lipoxygenase inhibitors and radical scavengers o Synthesis of indolizine compounds as inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis o Electrochemical investigations of indolizine compounds

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1997-2001, Head of Quality control and product diversification department, Kality Food Factory, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia o Planning and executing quality control tasks during raw material reception, food processing and packaging. o Implementing and controlling HACCP in the factory o Designing and producing new customer driven products

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1995-1997, Head research section, Ethiopian Spice Extraction Factory, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia o Essential oil studies of different spices o Pilot production of essential oils from ginger and thyme

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1993-1995, Research Assistant, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Advisors: Professor Berhanu Abegaz and Dr. Gizachew Alemayehu Thesis title: "Chemical investigation of Satureja punctata and S. abyssinica" o Isolation of 16 terpenoids from essential oils of S. punctata and 4 other natural products from S. abyssinica. o Special skills Chromatotron etc) in chromatographic techniques (GC, HPLC,

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1989-1993, Chemist, Ethiopian Spice Extraction Factory o Quality control tasks during extraction of paprika and capsicum oleoresins using several spectroscopic techniques

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o Gas chromatograph analysis of the residual solvents of oleoresins o Isolation of active components from ginger oleoresin by HPLC

PUBLICATIONS 1. "Synthesis of Indolizine derivatives with Selective Antibacterial Activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis" Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Ayele H. Negussie, Frode Rise, Solomon Teklu Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. 2007, 30, 26-35. 2. "Indolizine 1-sulfonates as potent inhibitors of 15-lipoxygenase from soybean" Solomon Teklu, Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Tove Larsen, Karl E. Malterud and Frode Rise Bioorg. & Med. Chem. 2005, 13, 3127-3139. 3. "Electrochemical Studies of Biologically Active Indolizines" Solomon Teklu, LiseLotte Gundersen, Frode Rise and Mats Tilset, Tetrahedron, 2005, 61, 4643-4656. 4. "Indolizines as Novel Potent Inhibitors of 15-Lipoxygenase", Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Karl E. Malterud, Ayele H. Negussie, Frode Rise, Solomon Teklu, Ole Benny Østby, Bioorg. & Med. Chem., 2003, 11, 5409-5415. 5. "Chemical Investigation on Essential Oils of Satureja punctata" Solomon Teklu, Gizachew Alemayehu and Berhanu Abegaz, J. Ess. Oil Res., 1998, 10, 39. 6. "Synthesis of Bioactive Erebusinone" Solomon T. Weldegirma, Young Chul Park, Charles D. Amsler, James B. McClintock, and Bill J. Baker Submitted to Tetrahedron. 7. "Structure and Bioactivity of Erebusinonamine, an anlog of Erebusinone" Young Chul Park, Solomon T. Weldegirma, Charles D. Amsler, James B. McClintock and Bill J. Baker A manuscript to be submitted to J. Nat. Prod.

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS 1. 47th Annual Meeting, American Society of Pharmacognosy, Arlington, Virginia, USA, August 5-9, 06 ­ Oral lecture entitled "Total synthesis of 13C-labeled erebusinone and erebusinonamine" Oral Lecture on Aug. 6, 06, Solomon T. Weldegirma, Youngchul Park, Bill J. Baker. 2. 2nd Annual Meeting, American Chemical Society, Tampa Bay ACS Local Section, April, 2006 Meeting-In-Miniature, St. Petersburg, FL, USA ­ Oral Lecture on "Synthesis of 13C-labeled Erebusinone ­ Studying the biosynthetic role of Erebusinone" Abstract p. 4, Solomon T. Weldegirma, Young Chul Park, Bill J. Baker

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3. 46th Annual Meeting, American Society of Pharmacognosy, Coravallis, Oregon, USA, July 23-27 ­ poster presentation entitled "Stereochemical Analyses of Palmerolides by Degradation Studies" Abstract p. 245, Solomon T. Weldegirma, Matt Lebar, Alan Maschek, Thushara Diyabalange, Bill J. Baker. 4. 19th Norwegian Organic Chemistry Winter Meeting, Røros, Norway, 8-12 January, 2004 ­ Oral Lecture on "Indolizines as Novel Potent Inhibitors of 15-Lipoxygenase" Abstract p. 55 Solomon Teklu, Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Karl E. Malterud and Frode Rise 5. 18th Norwegian Organic Chemistry Winter Meeting, Fefor, Norway, 9-12 January, 2003 ­ Poster presentation on "Inhibition of 15- Lipoxygenase by Indolizine derivatives", Abstract p. 56, Solomon Teklu, Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Karl E. Malterud, Frode Rise and Ole Benny Østby 6. 17th Norwegian Organic Chemistry Winter Meeting, Bietostølen, Norway, 10-13 January, 2002 ­ Poster presentation on "Radical Scavenging Properties of Indolizine Derivatives", Abstract p. 30, Solomon Teklu, Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Frode Rise, Ole Benny Østby and Karl E. Malterud 7. Kjell Undheim Symposium in Organic Chemistry, Oslo, Norway, 1-2 November 2001 ­ Poster presentation on "Indolizine Derivatives as Radical Scavengers", Abstract p. 63, Solomon Teklu, Lise-Lotte Gundersen, Frode Rise, Ole Benny Østby and Karl E. Malterud 8. 16th Annual Congress of Chemical Society of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5-8 July, 1999 ­ Oral Lecture on "Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, HACCP as a quality control system for industrial world". 9. 12th Annual Congress of Chemical Society of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5-8 July, 1995 ­ Oral Lecture on "Chemical Investigation on the Essential Oils of Satureja abyssinica and S. punctata."

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES 1. Visiting Scholar for a training on essential oils distillation and spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques such as HPLC, GLC, Chromatotron etc, Natural Resource Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, UK, August 26 - September 30, 1996 2. Visiting Scholar for a training on Total Quality Management, HACCP principles and Food Processing, International Agriculture Center, Wageningen, The Netherlands, August 13 - November 18, 2000 3. Conference Participant in Innovation for Food Production Systems, Wageningen School of Management for the Food Industry and Agribusiness, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Oct. 20 - 28, 2000

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4. Conference Participant in Food Industry and Agribusiness on Efficient Consumer Response, Wageningen School of Management, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Nov. 3 Nov. 11, 2000. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS · American Chemical Society, since 2003 · Norwegian Chemical Society, since 2002 · Ethiopian Chemical Society, since 1990 REFERENCES

1. Prof. Frode Rise, University of Oslo, Department of chemistry, PObox 1033 Blindern, Oslo, Norway e-mail: [email protected] 2. Prof. Lise-Lotte Gundersen, University of Oslo, Department of chemistry, PObox 1033 Blindern, Oslo, Norway e-mail: [email protected] 3. Dr. Bill J. Baker, University of South Florida, Department of chemistry, 4202 E Fowler CHE 205, Tampa, FL e-mail: [email protected] 4. Prof. Karl E. Malterud, University of Oslo, School of Pharmacy, PO Box 1033 Blindern, Oslo, Norway e-mail: [email protected]

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