Curriculum Vitae

Ben Shen

Ben Shen, PhD

Director, Natural Products Discovery Center
Department of Chemistry, UF Scripps Biomedical Research

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Program


Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry), Oregon State University, 1991
M.S. (Chemistry), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1984
B.S. (Chemistry), Hangzhou University, 1982

Professional Experience

2011-2017 Professor (Joint Appointment), Molecular Therapeutics, Scripps Research
2005-2010 Principal Investigator, NCI UW National Cooperative Drug Discovery Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004-2010 School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004-2010 Charles M. Johnson Distinguished Chair, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2001-2003 Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1995-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
1991-1995 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Awards & Professional Activities

1996-01, FIRST Award, NIH 
1997-00, Searle Scholar, Searle Scholars Program 
1998-03, CAREER Award, NSF 
2000, Matt Suffness Award, American Society of Pharmacognosy
2001-06, Independent Scientist Award, NIH
2002, Jack L. Beal Award, American Society of Pharmacognosy
2011, Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology 
2011, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 
2015, Promega Biotechnology Research Award, American Society for Microbiology 
2018, Charles Thom Award, Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
2020, Outstanding Mentor Award, Society of Research Fellows, TSRI, Jupiter, FL
2021, Fellow, American Society of Pharmacognosy

2002-16, Member, Editorial Board of J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol.
2003-17, Member, Editorial Advisory Board of J. Nat. Prod.
2005-17, Member, Advisory Board of Mol. BioSyst.
2006-, Associate Editor, Acta Microbiologica Sinica
2009-, Member, Editorial Board of J. Antibiot.
2011, Guest Co-Editor, J. Antibiot. January issue in memory of C. Richard Hutchinson 
2012, Guest Co-Editor, Curr. Opinion Chem. Biol. April issue on Biocatalysis and Biotransformation
2017-, Editor, J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol.
2021, Guest Co-Editor, J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. March-April special issue on Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era: 2021