Javier Read de Alaniz joined the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC, Santa Barbara in 2009. Born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, he received his B.S. degree from Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colorado) in 1999 where he conducted undergraduate research under the direction of Professor William R. Bartlett. He obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Tomislav Rovis at Colorado State University in 2006. His doctoral research focused on asymmetric catalysis. Javier then moved to California, where he worked in the area of total synthesis with Professor Larry E. Overman at the University of California, Irvine. During that time he was the recipient of the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship.


2018 – present, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2015 – present, Associate Director of California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

2015 – 2018, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2009 – 2015, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2006 – 2009, UC California Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, UC Irvine


2000 – 2006, Ph.D. Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

1996 – 1999, B. S. Chemistry with Honors, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

1994 – 1996, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

Select Awards

2018         Margaret T. Getman Award

2016                 ACS Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award

2015                 Plous Award

2013                 Amgen Young Investigator Award

2013                ACS Young Investigator Symposium

2011                  NSF CAREER Award

2011                  Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship

2006 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

2004 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Minority Pre-doctoral Fellowship

2005                Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority GRC conference

2001 NSF PEAKS/AGEP Fellowship 

1997 SENNE Memorial Scholarship Fort Lewis College

Contact Information:

University of California Santa Barbara
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Santa Barbara, CA  93106
email: javier@chem.ucsb.edu, phone: 805-893-6103