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  • Dr. Stephen Westcott, PhD Chemistry


Professor and Canada Research Chair
Adjunct Professor, Université Laval and at UNB


 Mount Allison University, Université Laval and UNB

Research Interests:

Synthesis, chemistry, boron, capsaicin, gingerol

Designing New Anticancer Compounds. Our research focuses on the design and synthesis of new bio-inspired compounds based on natural products, such as capsaicin (hot peppers) and ginergol (ginger). We are incorporating non-toxic boron groups into these new compounds as boron is known to selectively target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. 

Membership Status:

Dr. Westcott is a BHCRI Associate Member


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Invited Editorial on Boron Chemistry ‘Hot peppers for a healthier future: boron-containing capsaicinoids’ Westcott, S. A.* Future Med. Chem. 2013, 5, 613

‘Boron Compounds as anti-tuberculosis agents’ Campbell-Verduyn, L. S.; Bowes, E. G.; Li, H.; Vallée, A. M.; Vogels, C. M.; Decken, A.; Gray, C. A.;*
Westcott, S. A.* Heteroatom Chem. Submitted.

Invited Paper to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alfred Werner ‘Rhodium complexes containing arylspiroborates
derived from 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol and their use in catalyzed hydroborations’ Geier, M. J.; Geier, S. J.; Halcovitch, N. R.; Vogels, C. M.; Decken,
A.; Westcott, S. A.* Polyhedron 2013, 52, 1181-1189.

‘Synthesis and anticancer properties of bis(salicylaldiminato)platinum(II) complexes’ Patterson, A. E.; Miller, J. J.; Miles, B. A.; Stewart, E. L.;
Melanson, J.-M. E.; Vogels, C. M.; Decken, A.; Morin Jr., P.*; Westcott, S. A.* Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2013, 23, Manuscript in preparation.

‘Synthesis, characterization, and bioactivities of platinum(II) complexes bearing pyridinecarboxaldimines containing aliphatic groups’ Stewart, E. L.;
Patterson, A. E.; O'Neill,T.; Li, H.; Flewelling, A.; Vogels, C. M.; Decken, A.; Lloyd, V. K.;* Gray, C. A.;* Westcott, S. A.* Can. J. Chem. 2013, 91,

‘Synthesis and biological activities of arylspiroborates derived from 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene’ Geier, M. J.; Bowes, E. G.; Lee, G. M.; O'Neill, T.; Li,
H.; Flewelling, A.; Vogels, C. M.; Decken, A.; Gray, C. A.;* Westcott, S. A.* Heteroatom Chem. 2013, 24, 116-123.

‘Synthesis, characterization and bioactivities of arylspiroborates derived from 4-tert-butylcatechol and 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol’ Webb, M. I.;
Halcovitch, N. R.; Bowes, E. G.; Lee, G. M.; Geier, M. J.; Vogels, C. M.; O'Neill, T.; Li, H.; Flewelling, A.; Decken, A.; Gray, C. A.;* Westcott, S. A.*
J. Heterocyclic Chem. in press.

‘Pyridinones are not antioxidants as shown by kinetics of free radical autoxidation, but they prevent radical oxidations catalyzed by toxic heavy metals’
Ramsaywack, S.; Vogels, C. M.; Ricker, S. L.; Westcott, S. A.; Barclay, L. R. C.* Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2013, 26, 399-409.

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