April 13, 2024

Congratulations to Jin for being awarded Best in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology at the UC Chemical Symposium after an excellent platform talk! 

September 19, 2023

Big congrats to Dr. Parker Stow for defending his thesis and earning his PhD. We miss you already!

Butler Lab 2023 and Alumni Christina and Jeff
May 19, 2023

Congratulations, Christina!! We are so proud of you and wish you nothing but success and happiness in North Carolina!

November 10, 2022

Congrats to Christina and Jeff for their latest publication in ACS Chemical Biology: C-Diazeniumdiolate Graminine in the Siderophore Gramibactin Is Photoreactive and Originates from Arginine, 2022. Read it using the links below!


Makris, et. al., 2022 (link via DOI)Makris, et. al., 2022 (download as PDF)
October 17, 2022

Well done Aneta!  Looking forward to hearing about your successes in your job!

September 09, 2022

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by Strem Chemicals (part of Ascensus Specialties), is awarded to Alison Butler, University of California, Santa Barbara. Recipients will be honored at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in conjunction with the ACS Spring 2023 meeting in Indianapolis. Congrats, Alison!


ACS 2023 National Award winners, C&EN News
July 14, 2022

Congrats to Aneta for her latest publication in the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (JBIC): On the origin of amphi-enterobactin fragments produced by Vibrio campbellii species, 2022. Check it out in the links below!


Jelowicki and Butler, 2022; link via DOIJelowicki and Butler, 2022; download as PDF
May 03, 2022

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Alison Butler as a new 2022 member.


UCSB CurrentsNAS announcement
2022 Nichols Medalist, Dr. Alison Butler
April 08, 2022

The 2022 William H. Nichols Medal was presented to Prof. Alison Butler of the University of California - Santa Barbara for her pioneering contribution to marine bioinorganic chemistry.  The medal presentation followed the Nichols Distinguished Symposium in her honor entitled Minerals, Microbes, and Metalloenzymes: Inorganic Chemistry at the Interface. 

Congratulations, Alison!!


2022 William H. Nichols Distinguished Symposium - NYACS
April 04, 2022

Christina Makris was the Inorganic Chemistry Poster Prize Winner at the ACS Inorganic Division 65th Anniversary Symposium (4/4/22). Great work, Christina!! 


ACSDIC Poster Prize Winners
March 31, 2022

The William H. Nichols Medal Symposium will be Friday April 8th on Zoom (1:30-5:30-Eastern Time; 10:30-2:30 Pacific)

All welcome to attend (No Cost)




2022 Nichols Medal SymposiumRegister to attend the 2022 Nichols Medal Symposium (no cost)
March 28, 2022

Alison has been named one of the 2022 Chemical Pioneers by the American Institute of Chemists!


2022 Chemical Pioneer Awards
March 16, 2022

Congratulations to Christina for the selection of her poster as a Finalist in the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry's first poster competition at the national ACS meeting in San Diego (March 19-24, 2022). Well done Christina!

December 31, 2021

Emil's Ruckerbactin paper has been published in the Journal of Natural Products!

"Ruckerbactin Produced by Yersinia ruckeri YRB Is a Diastereomer of the Siderophore Trivanchrobactin Produced by Vibrio campbellii DS40M4"

Well done, Emil.


Link to the paper via the DOILink to the paper via ACS JNP
August 18, 2021

Genomics-driven discovery of chiral triscatechol siderophores with enantiomeric Fe(III) coordination

Parker R. Stow, Zachary L. Reitz, Timothy C. Johnstone, Alison Butlera


Chemical Science, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D1SC03541J
Celebration dinner on State Street
August 05, 2021

Congratulations Jeff for for finishing your PhD during the pandemic!  Best wishes from all of us in your new job!

August 01, 2021

The Nichols Medal symposium will be held in early April 2022 in NYC


2022 William H. Nichols medalist announcement in the NYACS Indicator
May 05, 2021

Congratulations to Jeff Carmichael for winning a 2021 Graduate Student Association (GSA) Excellence In Teaching Award!!  Jeff also received the 2015-16 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and in the same year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  So Jeff has won all 3 teaching awards eligible for graduate students at UCSB.  Wow!  Way to go Jeff!  CONGRATULATIONS.


2021 GSA Excellence in Teaching Awardand a link to the 2015-16 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
December 07, 2020

Congratulations Dr. Zach Reitz on defending your PhD in the Butler lab's second virtual Thesis Defense!

July 01, 2020

Christina cruised through the Butler Lab's first Zoom Candidacy Exam!

Congratulations, Christina!!

June 02, 2020

Congratulations to Cliff for successfully defending his PhD this morning!! 

September 16, 2019

Our PNAS paper, Genomic Analysis of Siderophore β-Hydroxylases Reveals Divergent Stereocontrol and Expands the Condensation Domain Family, by Zachary L. Reitz, Clifford D. Hardy, Jaewon Suk, Jean Bouvet, Alison Butler, has appeared!

Way to go Zach, with help from Cliff, Jaewon and Jean! 


Genomic Analysis of Siderophore β-Hydroxylases Reveals Divergent Stereocontrol and Expands the Condensation Domain Family
September 05, 2019

Congratulations Parker on becoming a Ph.D. Candidate!!

August 27, 2019

Elements of Marine Bio-Organic Chemistry: From Vanadium to Iron

August 25, 2019

Cliff, Parker and Zach give knock-out presentations at the ACS meeting in San Diego

Cliff presents his poster in the Inorganic Division:: "Influence of Ligand Structure and Stereochemistry on the Photoreactivity of Fe(III)-Siderophore complexes containing b-Hydroxyaspartic Acid."

Parker and Zach's poster is in the Inorganic Division poster session and the Scimix poster session: "An Enantiomeric Suite of Triscatecholate Siderophores: Origin and Physiological Relevance of Fe(III)-Complex Chirality."

July 22, 2019

Alison gave a GRIT (Ground Breaking Research, Innovative Technology) at UCSB today to the summer interns. Check back for the link to UC TV to her talk

The list of all the 2019 GRIT talks is listed here:

July 01, 2019

Aneta presented a poster at the international Metallomics conference in Poland: "Iron Acquisition in Vibrio Species"

July 01, 2019

Nick Briggs arrives for a summer internship in our lab before he begins as a graduate student at UCSB in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry!  Welcome Nick!

June 30, 2019

Alison gave the opening plenary lecture at the Metallomics meeting in Warsaw, Poland:  "Siderophores in Stereo: Targeting structural diversity in the discovery of new siderophores."

June 07, 2019

This June 7th talk was given to a general audience of graduate students in the library.


June 04, 2019

A suite of asymmetric citrate siderophores isolated from a marine Shewanella species

May 06, 2019

Congratulations Alison for winning this award!!


RSC Inorganic Mechanisms Award
April 19, 2019

Zach was awarded runner-up in the campus-wide Grad Slam competition!

Each person gave a 3-minute general-audience presentation about their graduate research, and he blew everyone away with his talk "Chained By Iron: The Tug-of-War Between Bacteria and our Body"

April 16, 2019

We're all very excited on Alison's induction into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

Congratulations, Alison!!


American Academy of Arts and Sciences inductees
March 18, 2019

Zach's talk about predicting NRPS beta-hydroxylation was a hit at the Chemical Sciences Student Seminar (CSSS)!

March 14, 2019

Ambiguity of NRPS Structure Predictions: Four Bidentate Chelating Groups in the Siderophore Pacifibactin: Clifford D. Hardy and Alison Butler

March 04, 2019

Welcome, Christina!

We're all excited to officially have you as a part of the group!

January 16, 2019

Aneta Jelowicki cruised through her candidacy exam.

Congratulations, Aneta!

October 09, 2018

Zach Reitz gave a UCSB Campus lecture on his research!

"Strike Where the Iron Is Not: Exploring the Chemistry and Biology of Bacterial Siderophores"

Well Done, Zach!!

September 10, 2018

Alison has received a 2019 ACS Cope Scholar Award.


C&EN Write-up on the Cope Scholar Awardees
August 27, 2018

“Targeting structural diversity in the discovery of new siderophores”

August 08, 2018

Nice collaboration with Hiroaki Naka and Margo Haygood

Amphi-enterobactin commonly produced among Vibrio campbellii and Vibrio harveyi strains can be taken up by a novel outer membrane protein FapA that also can transport canonical Fe(III)-enterobactin

Naka, H., Reitz, Z.L., Jelowicki, A.L. et al. J Biol Inorg Chem (2018).

in the special JBIC issue for Alison Butler: Papers in Celebration of Her 2018 ACS Alfred Bader Award in Bioorganic or Bioinorganic Chemistry

July 23, 2018

We welcome Christina Makris, a new graduate student for the Fall 2018 Class, who is arriving early for an internship in our lab.  It's great to have you Christina!

June 20, 2018

Cliff's review article on ß-hydroxyaspartic acid in siderophores has appeared online in JBIC. 

DOI: 10.1007/s00775-018-1584-2

in the special JBIC issue for Alison Butler: Papers in Celebration of Her 2018 ACS Alfred Bader Award in Bioorganic or Bioinorganic Chemistry


March 19, 2018

The line up of ACS Award Winners speaking in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry's Plenary Session was absolutely fantastic.

Plenary Session Monday Morning, March 19, 2018

Tom B. Rauchfuss (University of Illinois) ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry

Dwight S. Seferos (University of Toronto) Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator

Jim M. Mayer (Yale University) ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

December 21, 2017

Catechol oxidation: considerations in the design of wet adhesive materials, Greg P. Maier, Christopher M. Bernt and Alison Butler.

Biomaterials Science 2018,6, 332-339   DOI: 10.1039/C7BM00884H

Electron-withdrawing substituents slow the rate of
oxidation of substituted catechols by O2: a Hammett


December 14, 2017

A midst the Thomas Fire and rescheduled final exam week at UCSB, Robert successfully defends his PhD Thesis - way to go Robert!

December 04, 2017

Zach Reitz was one of the 11 students and postdocs selected to give a talk at the 1st Annual Student Southern California BioInorganic Symposium at UC Irvine December 2, 2017:   More than 100 students, postdocs and faculty attended.  The symposium, organized by Professor Jenny Yang (UCI), was a tremendous success.

Zach's talk on "Genomics-based Expansion of a Natural Combinatoric Library of Siderophores" was well received!


December 04, 2017

Congratulations to Stephen Springer and John Henske on their Biochemical Engineering paper, "Substrate-based differential expression analysis reveals control of biomass degrading enzymes in Pycnoporus cinnabarinus."

Biochemical Engineering Journal, 2018, 130, 83-89

Share Link:,V9BZ6uu7


Substrate-based differential expression analysis reveals control of biomass degrading enzymes in Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
October 23, 2017

Congratulations Zach!  Well done, but not surprising!!

August 29, 2017

Greg Maier has uploaded and completed his Ph.D. dissertation and his oral defense!

August 21, 2017

C&E News announced today that Alison Butler has been awarded the 2018 ACS Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry.

This national award given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsored by the Alfred R. Bader Fund to recognize outstanding research accomplishments at the interface between biology and organic or inorganic chemistry.


2018 ACS National Award Recipients
August 09, 2017

Parker Stow is a new graduate student from UC Berkeley, beginning a Summer Internship in our lab.

We're delighted to have you!

June 08, 2017

Biosynthetic considerations of triscatechol siderophores framed on serine and threonine macrolactone scaffolds


DOI 10.1039/C7MT00111H
May 24, 2017

CanBIC6 is the 6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry which was held May 23-27, 2017 on the Georgian Bay, north of Toronto.

Plenary title: “Elements of Marine Bioinorganic Chemistry: from Microbes to Mussels”

The evening music performances feature Katie Stillman (violonist and member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London) and MiaoMiao Yu (pianist, London).


CanBIC 6 Program
December 13, 2016

Congratulations Jeff on advancing to Candidacy!!!

December 05, 2016

The 8th Asian BioInorganic Chemistry Conference (ASBIC8) was a fantastic meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand December 5-9, 2016.


AsBIC8 Program
November 30, 2016

Cliff Hardy passes his orals exam!!  Way to go!

July 14, 2016

The follow up to Greg's and Mike's Science paper (August 2015) has now been accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (29), pp 9013–9016

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b03453


Defining the Catechol–Cation Synergy for Enhanced Wet Adhesion to Mineral Surfaces
June 10, 2016

Jeff Carmichael was recognized with the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at the annual departmental award ceremony June 10, 2016.  Way to go, Jeff!

May 24, 2016

Congratulations Cliff on your receipt of a summer 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellowship.  Well done!

May 10, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Springer.  He successfully defended his thesis.

April 07, 2016

Steve's paper, "Peroxidative Oxidation of Lignin and a Lignin Model Compound by a Manganese SALEN Derivative," is accepted to ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

August 07, 2015

Greg Maier and Mike Rapp are co-first authors of a new paper in Science (August 7th, 2015 issue; Science, 2015, 349, 628-632.) on wet adhesion.


Link to the Science paperA Sticky Situation (UCSB Currents)Link to coverage in Chemical & Engineering NewsScience Perspective by Jonathan Wilker
July 20, 2015

Stephen Springer's paper, "Magnetic susceptibility of Mn(III) complexes of hydroxamate siderophores (Authors: S.D. Springer and A. Butler) has been published in the special issue of J. Inorg. Biochem. covering EUROBIC12 in Zurich (August 2014).
Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2015, 148, 22–26; doi:10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2015.04.015



Link to the paper
March 21, 2015

Stephen Springer's paper, "Microbial ligand coordination: Consideration of biological significance" is out now on the special issue of Coordination Chemistry Reviews honoring our colleague, Professor Peter C. Ford!!


Link to the paper
December 11, 2014

Michelle Kem defended her thesis on December 10th!  Well Done!! and Congratulations!!

July 21, 2014

Hannah has started her postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Kimberly Beatty, a former undergraduate in the Butler lab!

July 01, 2014

Congratulations to Julia on winning a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is off to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to work with Mak Saito in September 2014.

June 30, 2014

Alison finished her term as President of SBIC. She continues on as a member of the SBIC Council as Past-President for 2014-2016.


SBIC Home Page
May 08, 2014

Congratulations Hannah, you are now Dr. Zane!

July 23, 2012

Alison Butler, professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named to the 2012 Class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.  Congratulations Alison!


Chemical & Engineering News
July 01, 2012

Alison's term as President of the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry begins today, July 1, 2014.


March 07, 2011

Faculty Profile for Alison Butler at the University of California Office of the President


UCOP Faculty Profiles