Independent Publications

  • Mahesh Sriram, Victor Adeobmi, and Monika Raj “Bioinspired Nitroalkylation for Selective Protein Modification and Peptide Stapling.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020,

  • Yonnette E. Sim, Ogonna Nwajiobi, Sriram Mahesh, Ryan D. Cohen, Mikhail Y. Reibarkh and Monika Raj “Secondary amine selective Petasis (SASP) bioconjugation.” Chemical Science, 2020, 11, 53-61.

  • Victor Adebomi, Ryan D. Cohen, Rachel Wills, Holland Andrew Hays Chavers, Gary E. Martin and Monika Raj “CyClick Chemistry for the Synthesis of Cyclic Peptides.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 131, 19249-19256 (Selected as Hot Paper).

  • Mahesh Sriram, Kuei-Chen Tang, and Monika Raj “Amide bond activation of biological molecules.” Molecules 2018, 23, 2615. (Invited Review article)

  • Tiauna S. Howard, Ryan D. Cohen, Ogonna Nwajiobi, Zilma P. Muneeswaran, Yonnette E. Sim, Neelam N. Lahankar, Johannes Yeh, and Monika Raj Amino-acid-catalyzed direct aldol bioconjugation. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 5344-5347.

  •  Hader E. Elashal, Ryan D. Cohen, Heidi E. Elashal, Chuhan Zong, A. James Link and Monika Raj* “Cyclic and Lasso Peptides: Sequence Determination, Topology Analysis, and Rotaxane Formation” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57 (21), 6150-6154.

  •  Hader E. Elashal, Ryan D. Cohen, Heidi E. Elashal, and Monika Raj* “Oxazolidinone-Mediated Sequence Determination of One-Bead One-Compound Cyclic Peptide Libraries” Org. Lett., 2018, 20 (8), 2374–2377.

  •  Chuhan Zong, Wai Ling Cheung-Lee, Hader E. Elashal,  Monika Raj and A. James Link* “Albusnodin: an acetylated lasso peptide from Streptomyces albus” Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 1339-1342.

  • Hader E. Elashal, Yonnette E. Sim and Monika Raj* “Serine Promoted Synthesis of Peptide Thioester-Precursor on Solid Support for Native Chemical Ligation” Chemical Science, 2017, 8, 117-123.

  • Hader E. Elashal, Ryan D. Cohen and Monika Raj* “Fmoc solid-phase synthesis of C-terminal modified peptides by formation of a backbone cyclic urethane moiety” Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9699-9702.

  • Hader E. Elashal and Monika Raj* “Site-selective chemical cleavage of peptide bonds” Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 6304-6307 .Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

  • Joseph M. Nalbone, Neelam Lahankar, Lyssa Buissereth, and Monika Raj* “Glutamic Acid Selective Chemical Cleavage of Peptide Bonds” Org. Lett., 2016, 18 (5), 1186–1189.

Ph.D. and Post Doc. Publications

  • Huabin Wu, Handoko, Monika Raj and Paramjit S. Arora* “Iterative Design of a Biomimetic Catalyst for Amino Acid Thioester Condensation” Org. Lett., 2017, 19 (19), 5122–5125.

  • Monika Raj, Huabin Wu , Sarah L. Blosser , Marc A. Vittoria , and Paramjit S. Arora “Aldehyde Capture Ligation for Synthesis of Native Peptide Bonds” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 6932-6940.

  • Monika Raj, Brooke N. Bullock and Paramjit Arora “Plucking the high hanging fruit: A systematic approach for targeting protein-protein interactions” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry2013, 21, 4051.

  • Jaskiran Kaur, Monika Raj, Barry S. Cooperman “Fluorescent labeling of tRNA dihydrouridine residues: mechanism and distribution” RNA2011, 17, 1393.

  • Monika Raj, Nagarathanam Veerasamy, Vinod K. Singh “Highly enantioselective synthesis of 3-cycloalkanone-3-hydroxy-2-oxindoles: potential anticonvulsants” Tetrahedron Lett2010, 2157.

  • Monika Raj and Vinod K. Singh “Organocatalytic reactions in water” Commun2009, 6687. Most accessed article in 2009.

  • Monika Raj, Gopal S. Parashari and Vinod K. Singh “Direct syn– and anti-aldol reaction catalyzed by primary-tertiary diamines-Brønsted acids in aqueous medium”Synth. Catal. 2009, 351, 1284.

  • Monika Raj, Vishnu Maya, and Vinod K. Singh “Highly efficient small organic molecules for enantioselective direct aldol reaction in both organic & aqueous medium: application in synthesis” Org. Chem2009, 74, 4289.

  • Vishnumaya, Monika Raj, Vinod K. Singh “Highly enantioselective organocatalytic direct aldol reaction in an aqueous medium” Lett2007, 9, 2583.Highlighted in Synfacts 2007(8): 0875-0875

  • Monika Raj, Vishnumaya, Sandeep K. Ginotra, Vinod K. Singh “Highly enantioselective direct aldol reaction catalyzed by organic molecules” Lett2006, 8, 4097. Most accessed article in 2006.  Highlighted in Synfacts: Synfacts 2006(10): 1066-1066

Book Chapters and Patents

  • Catalytic Methods in Asymmetric Synthesis: Advanced Materials, Techniques, and Applications” Book Chapter (Monika Raj and Vinod K. Singh 2010 published by John Wiley and Sons).

  • Monika Raj, Huabin Wu and Paramjit Arora “Aldehyde Capture Ligation for Synthesis of Native Peptide Bonds” US Patent, 2014 submitted.