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Core Citrus Transformation Facility

Benjamin Merritt

Benjamin Merritt


  Biological Scientist I
  Phone: 863.956.8728


Research Interests

I have had training in both Biology and Chemistry.  I am fascinated by the natural world, and plants have always had a special place in my heart.  I enjoy learning about bioactive small molecules, such as plant secondary metabolites, and their pharmacological properties in humans.


M.A. in Biology, 2018.  The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL.
B.S. in Biology, 2016. (Minor in Chemistry, Immersion in German).  The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.


Savka, M.A., L. Dailey, M. Popova, R. Mihaylova, B.A. Merritt, et al.  2015.  “Chemical Composition and Disruption of Quorum Sensing Signaling in Geographically Diverse United States Propolis,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2015 (May 25), Article ID 472593, 10 pages, DOI:10.1155/2015/472593. Online: <>

Coleman, M.G., T.J. Thomas, B.A. Merritt, et al. “Cyclopropenation of Internal Alkynylsilanes and Diazoacetates Catalyzed by Copper(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes.” Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Published January 7, 2016. DOI: 10.1039/c5ob02259b