Peter B. Dervan

Bren Professor of Chemistry
Contact information for Peter B. Dervan
Contact Method Value
Mail Code: MC 164-30
Office: 351 Crellin
Phone: 626-395-6002
Email: dervan@​
B.S., Boston College, 1967; Ph.D., Yale University, 1972; D.Sc.h.c., Boston College. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1973-79; Associate Professor, 1979-82; Professor, 1982-88; Bren Professor, 1988-. Chair, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1994-99; Vice President for Development and Institute Relations, 2011-12.

Research Interests

Organic, Physical Organic, Bioorganic, and Materials Chemistry

Assistant: Victoria Brennan

Professor Dervan's research program addresses a wide range of fundamental problems at the interface of organic chemistry and biology. Elucidating the chemical principles for the molecular recognition of DNA by small molecules and their use in biology, in particular gene modulation and DNA detection, are unifying themes.