Research in the Navarro lab focuses on the development of new chemical transformations that facilitate the synthesis of biologically active natural products. In addition to their utility as therapeutics, natural products often serve a point of inspiration for organic chemists. Indeed, their stereochemical and structural complexity provides a unique arena in which we can push and extend the boundaries of modern synthetic transformations. Within this context, our lab seeks to capitalize the unique reactivity of simple aromatic building blocks to establish efficient means by which to construct stereochemically rich organic intermediates. We anticipate that our synthetic endeavors will not only culminate in the preparation of a number of natural products, but will also deepen our fundamental understanding of organic reactions and mechanisms.