Julianne M. Yost is a Wiess Instructor of Chemistry at Rice University and a Faculty Associate of Will Rice College. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry with highest honors from Cedar Crest College in 2003 and her Ph.D. in synthetic organic Chemistry from Duke University in 2009. Under the direction of Don Coltart, her graduate research focused on the development of mild and operationally simple approaches to key carbon–carbon bond-forming reactions via soft enolization of thioesters. She then received postdoctoral training in medicinal chemistry through the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at UNC at Chapel Hill. There, under the direction of Jian Jin, her research focused on developing selective small-molecule inhibitors of histone methyltransferases.
In 2011, Yost moved to Houston to join the Rice Chemistry faculty to primarily teach the undergraduate organic chemistry sequence and medicinal chemistry. She was the recipient of the 2018 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching – in honor of her ability to instruct, mentor, and inspire.
In recent years, Yost has taught other courses including the Organic Laboratory for Chemical Engineers and has managed the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Program. Currently, she serves as the Chemistry major advisor for Will Rice College and the faculty sponsor for both Camp Kesem Rice and OwlChemy: the Rice Undergraduate Chemistry Society.