Neil Garg, professor of chemistry in the UCLA College, received the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater New York University.

Garg was recognized for his innovative teaching techniques, his breakthroughs in methods development, achievements in natural product total synthesis and transformative chemical educational initiatives.

Garg, who is also the Kenneth N. Trueblood Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, focuses his research on cross-coupling reactions, green chemistry, heterocycle synthesis and natural product total synthesis. He has been honored for his educational contributions several times, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s California’s Professor of the Year Award and the Higher Education Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. in 2018, Garg received the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University.