Jennifer Chaytor

Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Science Engineering & Technology
Academic and Student Affairs

SVSU Main Campus
Science East 276


Dr. Jennifer Chaytor is a Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry at Saginaw Valley State University where she has taught organic chemistry lectures and laboratories since 2012. Being born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Jennifer received her BSc. (Honours) in Biochemistry from Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) in 2005 and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) in 2010. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) from 2010 – 2012 before joining the Department of Chemistry at SVSU in 2012.


Doctor of Philosophy
University Ottawa

Master of Science
University Ottawa

Bachelor of Science
Brock University

Teaching Interests

CHEM 230, 231 - Organic Chemistry I lecture and lab

CHEM 250 - Survey of Biochemistry

CHEM 330, 331 - Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab

CHEM 415 - Advanced Organic Chemistry


Dr. Chaytor's research group focuses on bioorganic and medicinal chemistry. There are three main areas of research:

1) Synthesis of C-linked carbohydrates

2) Synthesis of cyclic peptides with attractive biological/medicinal properties

3) Synthesis of functionalized cellulose to improve water quality


Scientific Publications

Chaytor, J.L., Al Mughalaq, M., Butler, H. (2017) Development of Online Pre-Laboratory Activities in Organic Chemistry to Improve Students’ Preparation for Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education, 94 (7): 859-866

Li, J., Chaytor, J.L., Findlay, B., McMullen, L.M., Smith, D.E., Vederas, J.C. (2015) Identification of Didecyldimethylammonium Salts and Salicylic Acid as Antimicrobial Compounds in Commercial Fermented Radish Kimchi. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 63, 3053-3058

Towle, K.M., Chaytor, J.L., Liu, H., Austin, P., Roberge, M., Roskelley, C.D., Vederas, J.C. (2013) Synthesis and biological studies of neopetrosiamides as inhibitors of cancer cell invasion. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 11: 1476-1481

Chaytor, J.L., Tokarew, J.M., Wu, L.K., Leclere, M., Tam, R.Y., Capicciotti, C.J., Guolla, L., von Moos, E., Findlay, C.S., Allan, D.S., Ben, R.N. (2012) Inhibiting Ice Recrystallization and Optimization of Cell Viability after Cryopreservation. Glycobiology. 22: 122-133

Barriuso, J., Nguyen, D.T., Li., J.W.-H., Roberts, J.N., MacNevin, G., Chaytor, J.L., Marcus, S.L., Vederas, J.C., Ro, D.-K. (2011) Double Oxidation of the Cyclic Nonaketide Dihydromonacolin L to Monacolin J by a Single Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenase, LovA. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 133: 8078-8081

Wu, L.K., Tokarew, J.M., Chaytor, J.L., Guolla, L., von Moos, E., Li, Y., Palii, C., Ben, R.N., Allan, D.S. (2010) Carbohydrate-mediated inhibition of ice recrystallization in cryopreserved human umbilical cord blood. Carbohydrate Research. 346: 86-93

Chaytor, J.L., Ben, R.N. (2010) Assessing the Ability of a Short Fluorinated Antifreeze Glycopeptide and a Fluorinated Carbohydrate Derivative to Inhibit Ice Recrystallization. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 20: 5251-5254

Tam, R.Y., Ferreira, S.S., Czechura, P., Chaytor, J.L., Ben, R.N. (2008) Hydration Index: A Better Parameter for Explaining Small Molecule Hydration in Inhibition of Ice Recrystallization. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 130: 17494-17501

Metallinos, C., Dudding, T., Zaifman, J., Chaytor, J.L., Taylor, N.J. (2007) An Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Asymmetric Lithiation of 1,2,3,5,6,7-Hexahydro-3a,4a-diazacyclopenta[def]phenanthren-4-one. Journal of Organic Chemistry. 72: 957-963

Metallinos, C.; Barrett, F.B.; Chaytor, J.L.; Heska, M.E.A. (2004) A Benzimidazole-Based N-Heterocyclic Carbene Derived from 1,10-Phenanthroline. Organic Letters. 6: 3641-3644


Ben, R.N., Tam, R.Y., Ferreira, S.S., Czechura, P., Chaytor, J.L. “C-linked AFGP Analogues”, filing date: July 31, 2008, U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61 / 085,058

Honors and Awards

2020 - Franc A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award

2019 - 1st State Bank RUBY (Recognizing the Upward, Bright, and Young) Award 

2017 - SVSU Undergraduate Research Program Faculty Mentor Award