Tim Wencewicz, PhD

Tim Wencewicz, PhD

Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Tim Wencewicz was born (1983) and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO.  After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006 with a BS in Chemistry & Applied Mathematics, he went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (2011) working for Prof. Marvin J. Miller.  During his time at UND, he was part of a CBBI NIH training program which enabled him to complete a research internship in Jena, Germany, at the Hans Knoll Institute with Dr. Ute Mollmann. Tim was a postdoc with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School and returned to his native Missouri to join the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2013. Tim is married to Rachel Wencewicz (formerly Ruopp) and has two little girls (Grace and Lucy).

Tim’s CV

Awards & Honors:

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (2019), Sloan Research Fellow (2018), Cottrell Scholars Award (2017), NSF CAREER Award (2017), ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award (2016), NIH Mentoring Workshop (Dalls, TX 2016), ACS Division of Biological Chemistry Travel Award (2015), ORAU Junior Faculty Award (WUSTL, 2014), Shaheen Research Award (UND, 2012), Rohm & Haas Research Award (UND, 2011), Jeremiah Freeman Teaching Award (UND, 2010), Provost Research Award (SEMO, 2006)


American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, ASBMB, SIMB, WUSTL DBBS, WUSTL Siteman Cancer Center, U. of Notre Dame Graduate School and Research Advisory Council, Journal of Biological Chemistry Editorial Board


Associate Professor, 2019-present
Assistant Professor, 2013-2019
Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Chemistry


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, w/ Marvin Miller, 2011
BS, Chemistry & Math, Southeast Missouri State University, 2006

Research Interests:

Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistance, Enzyme Mechanisms, Enzyme Inhibitors, Natural Product Biosynthesis, Bacterial Iron Acquisition