Distinguished Professor of Oceanography

Research Interests

  • Chemistry of marine plants, microorganisms and invertebrate animals.
  • Utilization of marine-derived compounds for the treatment of various human diseases, in particular cancer and infectious diseases.


  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University
  • M.S., San Jose State University
  • PhD, University of California, Riverside

Recent Publications

Pham, N. T., Alves, J., Sargison, F. A., Cullum, R., Wildenhain, J., Fenical, W., Butler, M. S., Mead, D. A., Duggan, B. M., Fitzgerald, J. R., La Clair, J. J., & Auer, M. (2023). Nanoscaled Discovery of a Shunt Rifamycin from Salinispora arenicola Using a Three-Color GFP-Tagged Staphylococcus aureus Macrophage Infection Assay. ACS Infectious Diseases, 9(8), 1499–1507. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsinfecdis.3c00049
Kim, M. C., Winter, J. M., Cullum, R., Smith, A. J., & Fenical, W. (2023). Expanding the Utility of Bioinformatic Data for the Full Stereostructural Assignments of Marinolides A and B, 24- and 26-Membered Macrolactones Produced by a Chemically Exceptional Marine-Derived Bacterium. Marine Drugs, 21(6), 367. https://doi.org/10.3390/md21060367
Pulat, S., Hillman, P. F., Kim, S., Asolkar, R. N., Kim, H., Zhou, R., Taş, İ., Gamage, C. D. B., Varlı, M., Park, S.-Y., Park, S. C., Yang, I., Shin, J., Oh, D.-C., Kim, H., Nam, S.-J., & Fenical, W. (2023). Marinobazzanan, a Bazzanane-Type Sesquiterpenoid, Suppresses the Cell Motility and Tumorigenesis in Cancer Cells. Marine Drugs, 21(3), 153. https://doi.org/10.3390/md21030153
Hillman, P. F., Lee, J. Y., Lee, J., Lee, J., Oh, D.-C., Fenical, W., & Nam, S.-J. (2023). Lodopyridones D − G from a marine-derived bacterium Saccharomonospora sp. Natural Product Research, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1080/14786419.2023.2173192
Shin, Y.-H., Im, J. H., Kang, I., Kim, E., Jang, S. C., Cho, E., Shin, D., Hwang, S., Du, Y. E., Huynh, T.-H., Ko, K., Ko, Y.-J., Nam, S.-J., Awakawa, T., Lee, J., Hong, S., Abe, I., Moore, B. S., Fenical, W., … Oh, D.-C. (2023). Genomic and Spectroscopic Signature-Based Discovery of Natural Macrolactams. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 145(3), 1886–1896. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.2c11527