Biography 

Dr. Liotta joined the chemistry department in 1993 after three years as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of S. J. Benkovic at The Pennsylvania State University. 

After B.S. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University, Professor Liotta carried out his Ph.D. research with B. Ganem at Cornell University. His Ph. D. thesis focused on the design and synthesis of organic molecules which were subsequently used to probe the chemistry of carbohydrate processing enzymes. His postdoctoral research involved the study of antibodies being used to catalyze organic reactions, thus the term catalytic antibodies. He has numerous publications in the chemical literature. 

Dr. Liotta's research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry and biology, particularly in the area of bioorganic chemistry. Professor Liotta works with multiple independent research students during the semester and three to five undergraduate research associates each summer.  (YouTube video introducing Professor Liotta's research.) 

There are many enzyme-catalyzed reactions for which the mechanisms are unknown and cannot be easily predicted.  These biological systems offer an exceptional opportunity to discover new, fascinating chemical and biological knowledge, which could have medical and industrial significance.  Synthesizing molecules to probe into the mechanisms of such enzyme reactions is the central theme of Dr. Liotta's research.  The strategy involves a combination of chemical and biological techniques.  The careful design and synthesis of organic molecules is followed by testing those molecules in the selected biological systems.  An example of the type of project that Dr. Liotta is pursuing is given below. 

Research Focus

Structure-Function Relationship for the Inhibition of Glycosidases: Carbohydrates are the most widely distributed, naturally occurring organic compounds on earth. Most of these carbohydrates exist in the form of oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Oligosaccharides and polysaccharides have a very high degree of diversity in their biological structures and functions.  This diversity is not only the result of the many monosaccharides from which they are constructed, but also the result of the different ways the monosaccharides can be linked to each other. The functions of these polysaccharides and oligosaccharides include the storage of chemical energy, the composition of cell walls and exoskeletons, the mediation of environmental changes (e.g., pH, temperature, oxygen concentration), the lubrication in the movement of muscles and joints, and the structural support of skin, cartilage, and the cornea.  In addition, polysaccharides and oligosaccharides are also a major component of glycoconjugates (carbohydrates covalently linked to proteins and lipids). The carbohydrate moieties of these glycoconjugates serve to establish and stabilize protein conformations, direct the secretion of proteins from cells, control protein turnover and protect proteins from degradation.  They also specify biological recognition events that are involved in cell-cell interactions.  These cell-cell interactions control and influence the growth and differentiation of cells, the formation of organs, the processes of bacterial and viral infection, the formation and metastasis of tumors, and the prevention of autoimmune reactions. 

All living organisms have enzymes that allow for the processing (synthesizing, modifying or degrading) of these oligo- and polysaccharides.  Small molecules that selectively inhibit specific carbohydrate processing enzymes are of great value in the study and understanding of biological processes that involve oligo- and polysaccharides.  In addition, such inhibitors have found widespread use in medicine. Polyhydroxylated pyrrolidines (e.g., 1 and 2), indolizidines (e.g., 3 and 4), and pyrrolizidines (e.g., 5) have been known for a long time to specifically inhibit many of these carbohydrate-processing enzymes.  However, not every possible stereoisomer of these iminosugars has been studied which leaves holes in the understanding of the structure activity relationship of these compounds.  To fully understand the structure-activity relationships of these compounds, all possible stereoisomers need to be synthesized and studied. 

The research conducted by Dr. Liotta and his student collaborators involves the development of general asymmetric synthesis for every possible stereoisomer of these polyhydroxylated alkaloids and the subsequent screening of them as enzyme inhibitors. The inhibition results, in conjunction with molecular modeling calculations, will be used to develop structure-activity relationships for the inhibition of these enzymes.  Dr. Liotta has received a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $225,000 in order to fund this project.  This project has also received funding from the Stonehill College SURE program, Pfizer Inc. Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and the Petroleum Research Fund.  Since the summer of 1994, over 100 undergraduate students have worked on this project resulting in 66 coauthored presentations and six coauthored scholarly publications. 

Education

  • B.S. Chemistry, Penn State University
  • M. S. Organic Chemistry, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Bioorganic Chemistry, Cornell University

Accomplishments

  • Stonehill College Diversity and Social Justice Award, 2018
  • Stonehill College Diversity and Social Justice Award, 2009
  • Stonehill College Distinguished Faculty Scholar, 2006-2007
  • Louise F. Hegerty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2005-2006
  • “Overcoming the Challenges to the Science Education of a Liberal Arts College for Economically Disadvantaged Students,” Submitted May 16, 2016 to the National Science Foundation. $999,998 
  • “Renewal of Stonehill College – Massasoit Community College Transfer Initiative,” Submitted July 5, 2012 to the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation. $246,070 (funded) 
  • “Stonehill College – Massasoit Community College Transfer Initiative,” November 6, 2009 to the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation. $100,000 
  • “Renewal of Stonehill College – Massasoit Community College Transfer Initiative,” July 5, 2012 to the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation. $246,070 
  • “Access to the Science Education of a Four-Year Liberal Arts College for Economically Disadvantaged Students,” August 12, 2008 to the National Science Foundation. $600,000
  • “A Public-Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry,” February 9, 2006 to the National Science Foundation. $813,486
  • “RUI: Synthesis and Study of Carbohydrate Processing Enzyme Inhibitors (Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines, Pyrrolizidines and Indolizidines),” December 10, 2005 to the National Science Foundations. $225,000
  • “NMR Workstations,” December 1, 2004 to The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant Program. $9,000
  • “Project SUCCESS (Stonehill Undergraduate Collaboration with Community Educators and Secondary Students),” August 26, 2004. $28,959
  • “Integrating Hands-On Access to High Field NMR Across the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum” June 5, 2001 to the National Science Foundation. $108,625.

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Fall 
  • Chemistry Seminar & Thesis 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry I 
  • Organic Chemistry II 
  • Integrative Seminar: Organic Chemistry of the Cell 

Selected Publications, Articles, Reviews & Presentations

  • Hirst, R.; Anderson, K.; Packard, B.; Liotta, L.; Bleakley, B.; Lombardi, P;. and K. Burkholder (2019), Faculty Learning at the Individual and Group Level:  A Multi-Year Analysis of an Interdisciplinary Science FLC Focused on Inclusive Teaching and Mentoring, J. Coll. Sci. Teach., publication pending.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Chalmers, J. F.; Falco Marshall, J. N.; Ferreira, T.E.; Mullen, H. E.; Pace, N. J. “Selective 4,6-O-Benzylidene Formation of Methyl a-D-Mannopyranoside Using 2,6-Dimethylbenzaldehyde,” Carbohydr. Res., 2014, 391, 31-46.
  • Hirst, R. A.; Bolduc, G.; Liotta, L.; Packard, B. W-L. “Cultivating the STEM Transfer Pathway and Capacity for Research: A Partnership Between a Community College and a 4-Year College,” Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014, 43, 12-17.
  • Liotta, L. J.; James-Pederson, M. “Identification of an Unknown Compound by Combined Use of IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and Mass Spectrometry: A Real-Life Experience in Structure Determination,” J. Chem. Educ., 2008, 85, 832-833.
  • Sletten, E. M.; Liotta, L. J. “A Flexible Stereospecific Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Pyranosides,” J. Org. Chem., 2006, 71, 1335-1343.
  • Almeida, C. A.; Liotta, L. J. “Organic Chemistry of the Cell: An Interdisciplinary Approach To Learning with a Focus on Reading, Analyzing, and Critiquing Primary Literature,” J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1794-1799.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Capotosto, R. D.; Garbitt, R. A.; Horan, B. M.; Kelly, P. J.; Koleros, A. P.; Brouillette, L. M.; Kuhn, A. M.; Targontsidis, S. “Synthesis of methyl a-D-glucopyranosyl-(1,4)- a -D-galactopyranoside and methy a -D-xylo-hex-4-ulopyranolsyl-(1,4)- a -D-galactopyranoside”, Carbohydr. Res., 2001, 331, 247-253.
  • Liotta, L. J. “Hydroboration/Oxidation of 1-Hexene to Make 1-Hexanol”, Modular Laboratory Program in Chemistry; Chemical Education Resources, Inc.: Palmyra, Pennsylvania, 2000.
  • Liotta, L. J. “Acid Catalyzed Hydration of 1-Hexene to Make 2-Hexanol”, Modular Laboratory Program in Chemistry; Chemical Education Resources, Inc.: Palmyra, Pennsylvania, 2000.
  • Nash, J. G.; Liotta, L. J.; Bravaco, R. J. "Knowledge Change in the Context of a College Course in Organic Chemsitry", J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 333-337.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Dombi, K. L.; Kelley, S. A.; Targontsidis, S.; Morin, A. M. "Substituted Benzylethers as Radical Stable Protecting Groups", Tetrahedron Lett., 1997, 38, 7833-34.
  • Targontsidis, S; Liotta, L. J. "Isolation, Purification and Assays of Pectate Lyase E", The Nucleus of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, 1997, 75(6), 11-13.
  • Kuhn, A. M.; Liotta, L. J. "Synthesis of Benzyl Benzylidene Glucopyranose Trichloroacetimidate for Use in Enzymatic Mechanisms of Polysaccharide Lyases", The Nucleus of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, 1996, 74 (6), 12-14.
  • Hirst, R.; Liotta, L. “Building Science Faculty Capacity for Inclusive Teaching Through a Faculty Learning Community,” Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network: Building an Equitable and Inclusive STEM Community: Best Practices for Faculty, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, January 15, 2020. 
  • Hirst, R.; Liotta, L.; Bleakley, B. “Enhancing Inclusive Mentoring through a Faculty Learning Community,” AAC&U/PKAL STEM Conference: Transforming STEM Higher Education, Chicago, IL, November 7-9, 2019. 
  • Liotta, L.; Hirst, R.; Lombardi, P. “Development of an Interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community to Build Faculty Community and Capacity to Support the Success of ALL STEM Students,” 2019 S-STEM Symposium: Creating Pathways to an Inclusive STEM Workforce, Washington, DC, September 12-14, 2019. 
  • Liotta, L. “SURE: Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience,” New England Association of Chemistry Teachers 74th Summer Conference, Stonehill College, Easton, MA August 7, 2013.
  • Liotta, L. “The Wisdom of Chairs and Open-Mike for Participants” The Council of Independent Colleges 2013 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, Philadelphia, PA April 6, 2013.
  • Liotta, L. “Tracking Students’ Post-Graduate Success – Breakfast Discussion” The Council of Independent Colleges 2012 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, Providence, RI May 17, 2012.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, C. A.; Pederson, M.; Troupe, B.; Hirst, R. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in the Sciences,” Institutional Culture, Institutional Change & Institutionalization: STEP Grantees Meeting 2012, Washington, DC, March 15-16, 2012.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, C. A.; Pederson, M.; Troupe, B.; Twomey, K. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in the Sciences,” Institutional Culture, Institutional Change & Institutionalization: STEP Grantees Meeting 2011, Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2011.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Twomey, K.; Almeida, C. A.; Pederson, M.; Troupe, B.; Vallas, C.; Taylor, P. “Crossing the Divide: Building Strong Two-Year/Four Year Partnerships,” Institutional Culture, Institutional Change & Institutionalization: STEP Grantees Meeting 2011, Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2011.
  • Overly, K. R.; Barden, M. M.; Liotta, L. “Virtual Screening of Carbohydrate Processing Enzymes Against Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines, Pyrrolizidines, and Indolizidines I: Golgi alpha-Mannosidase II,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, M. A.; Curtin, M. A.; Troupe, B.; Desikan, V. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in the Sciences,” Identifying, Implementing and Integrating Best Practices: STEP Grantees Meeting 2010, Arlington, VA, March 4-5, 2010.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, M. A.; James-Pederson, M.; Troupe, B.; Hirst, R. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in the Sciences,” Challenges and Successes in Implementing and Institutionalizing Your Project: STEP Grantees Meeting 2009, Arlington, VA, March 11-13, 2009.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, C. A.; Curtin, M. A.; James-Pederson, M.; Twomey, K. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry,” Building Community STEP Grantees Meeting 2008, Arlington, VA, March 6-7, 2008.
  • Conboy, K.; Liotta, L.; Talentino, K; Mooney, S. “Liberating Science: General Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Learning Communities and Informed Citizenship” The American Conference of Academic Deans and The Phi Beta Kappa Society Third Biennial Conference, Promoting the Liberal Sciences: Science as Liberal Education, Washington, D.C. October 25-27, 2007.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Almeida, C. A.; Curtin, M. A.; James-Pederson, M.; Twomey, K. “A Public - Private Partnership to Increase Enrollment, Retention, and Diversity in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry” Building Community STEP Grantees Meeting 2007, Washington, DC, March 22-23, 2007.
  • Liotta, L. J. “Integrating Hands-On Access to High Field NMR across the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum: An NSF-CCLI Adaptation Grant” 10th National Conference: Council on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, June 23-26, 2004
  • Liotta, L. J.; Xavier, J. L. “The Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines” Frontiers in Bioorganic Chemistry: A 60th Birthday Celebration for Steve and Pat Benkovic, State College, PA, June 11-13, 1999.
  • Nash, J. G.; Bravaco, R. J.; Liotta, L. J.; Duffy, C. A., "Knowledge Change in the Context of a College Course in Organic Chemistry" 37th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, October 24-25, 1997.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Mulford, N., "Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE): Fourteen Months to a College-wide Summer Research Program." 6th National Conference: Council on Undergraduate Research, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, June 27-29, 1996.
  • Pomfret, M.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Indolizidines from L-Glucose” Northeast Students Chemistry Research Conference, Simmons University, Boston, MA, May 4, 2019. 
  • Pomfret, M.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Indolizidines from L-Glucose” 21st Fruhjahrssymposium, Bremen, Germany, March 20-23, 2019. 
  • Bucking, K.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of a Tetrahydroxylated Indolizidine from D-Allose” 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 31 – April 4, 2019. 
  • Pomfret, M.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Indolizidines from L-Glucose” 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 18-22, 2018. 
  • Bryson, S.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Indolizidines from D-Glucose” 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 18-22, 2018. 
  • Giannetti, C.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Indolizidine Using Ruthenium Catalyzed Dihydroxylation Reaction” 253th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2-6, 2017. 
  • Harney, A.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine from a D-Glucose Derivative” 251th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 13-17, 2016. 
  • Smith, M.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of (2R, 3S, 4S) - 2- (Hydroxymethyl) pyrrolidine- 3, 4- Diol from α- Methyl- D- Galactopyranoside” 251th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 13-17, 2016. 
  • McAndrews, K.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Lentiginosine form D-​Glucose” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015.
  • Harney, A.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine from a D-Glucose Derivative” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015.
  • Smith, M.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of (2R, 3S,​4S)​-​2-​(Hydroxymethyl)​pyrrolidine-​3,​4-​Diol from α-​Methyl-​D-​Galactopyranoside” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015.
  • Fager, D.; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of the SRS and SSR Isomers of Lentiginosine from D-​Glucopyranoside and D-​Galactopyranoside” 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015.
  • McCarthy, K.; Liotta L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine form a D-Altrose Derivative,” 14th Annual Northeastern Student Chemistry Research Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 28, 2012
  • Granatosky, E.; Liotta L. J. “Stereochemically Controlled Dihydroxylation in the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines,” 14th Annual Northeastern Student Chemistry Research Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 28, 2012
  • McCarthy, K.; Liotta L. J. “Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine form a D-Altrose Derivative,” 243st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA., March 25-29, 2012.
  • Sweeney, S.; Liotta L. J. “Synthesis of Lentiginosine from D-Glucose,” 243st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA., March 25-29, 2012.
  • Granatosky, E.; Liotta L. J. “Stereochemically Controlled Dihydroxylation in the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines,” 243st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA., March 25-29, 2012.
  • Bock, L. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereochemically Controlled Dihydroxylations in the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines,” 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA., March 27-31, 2011.
  • Eno, M. S.*; Liotta, L. J. “Conversion of D-Glucose to D-Altrose and the Subsequent Synthesis of a Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Keylor, M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis, Purification, and Characterization of a Vinyl Pyrrolidine from L-Mannose and Its Subsequent Conversion to a Polyhydoxylated Pyrrolidine,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Roderiques, S.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Trihydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Fox, B.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Di(hydroxymethyl)pyrrolidine Diol from D-Glucose,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Pace, N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Expanding the Scope of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidine Synthesis by Starting with D–Galactose and D-Mannose,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Leonard, N. J.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Pentahydroxylated Pyrrolizidine from D-Glucose,” 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA., March 21-25, 2010.
  • Dogal, N.*; Liotta, L. J. “3-(Hydroxymethyl)hexahydro-1H-pyrrolizine-1,2,6,7-tetraol Synthesis from D-glucose,” 237st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT., March 22-26, 2009.
  • Pace, N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Expanding the Scope of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidine Synthesis by Starting with D–Galactose,” 237st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT., March 22-26, 2009.
  • Lajoie, A.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improving the Yield of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines,” 237st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT., March 22-26, 2009.
  • Roderiques, S.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Trihydroxylated Pyrrolidines as Glycosidases Inhibitiors,” 237st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT., March 22-26, 2009.
  • Demick, K. A.*; Liotta, L. J. “The Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commericially Available Sugrars,” Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Groton, CT, October 13, 2006.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “A Flexible Stereospecific Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Pyranosides,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, Boston, MA., April 2006.
  • Hummel, J. T.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Vinyl and Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines and Subsequent Purification Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, Boston, MA., April 2006.
  • Falco, J. N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Vinyl Pyrrolidines and Subsequent Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, Boston, MA., April 2006.
  • Hummel, J. T.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Vinyl and Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines and Subsequent Purification Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography,” 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Atlanta, GA., March 26-30, 2006
  • Falco, J. N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis of Vinyl Pyrrolidines and Subsequent Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Atlanta, GA., March 26-30, 2006.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis of Tetrahydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, Boston, MA., April 2005.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis of Tetrahydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” RT Major Lecture Series, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut April 2005.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis of Tetrahydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA., March 13-17, 2005.
  • Brammer, L. A.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthetic Pathway for the Production of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA., March 13-17, 2005.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines and Indolizidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Groton, CT, October 8, 2004.
  • Bauer, R. A.*; Liotta, L. J. “Conversion of D-Galactopyranoside to D-Talopyranoside and the Subsequent Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, Boston, MA., April 2004.
  • Bauer, R. A.*; Liotta, L. J. “Conversion of D-Galactopyranoside to D-Talopyranoside and the Subsequent Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA., March 28-April 1, 2004.
  • Campbell, A. S.*; Liotta, L. J. “Conversion of D-Glucose to D-Altrose and the Subsequent Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA., March 28-April 1, 2004.
  • Fitzgerald, M. E.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis and Dihydroxylation of Vinyl Pyrrolidines,” 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA., March 28-April 1, 2004.
  • Sletten, E. M.*; Liotta, L. J. “Stereospecific Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Sugars,” 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA., March 28-April 1, 2004.
  • Vandross, A. L.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, April 27, 2002.
  • Greco, N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improvements to the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, April 27, 2002.
  • Vandross, A. L.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 223rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 7-11, 2002.
  • Leone, E.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improvements to the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 223rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL., April 7-11, 2002.
  • Greco, N.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improvements to the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 223rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL., April 7-11, 2002.
  • Vandross, A. L.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Groton, CT, April 5, 2002.
  • Vandross, A. L.*; Liotta, L. J. “Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” New England Science Symposium, Boston, MA, March 1, 2002.
  • Greco, N.*; Leone, E.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improvements to the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines” Northeast Students Chemical Research Conference, April 28, 2001
  • Greco, N.*; Leone, E.*; Liotta, L. J. “Improvements to the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines,” 221st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2, 2001.
  • Comita, Janelle; Liotta, L. J. "The Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines", 221th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2, 2001.
  • Comita, Janelle; Liotta, L. J. "The Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines", Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Groton, CT, October 13, 2000.
  • Comita, Janelle; Liotta, L. J. "The Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines", Northeastern Section of American Chemical Society Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, April 27, 2000
  • Comita, Janelle; Liotta, L. J. "The Synthesis and Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines", 219th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2000
  • Treffer, Christine; Liotta, L. J. “Asymmetric Synthesis of Precursors to Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines”, Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Groton, CT, October 8, 1999.
  • Xavier, J. L.; Liotta, L. J. "The Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines",  215th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 29 to April 2, 1998.
  • Kelly, P. J.; Horan, B. M.; Garbitt, R. A.; Liotta, L. J. "Synthesis and Characterization of Mechanistic Probes of Pectate Lyase", Pfizer Undergraduate Fellows Summer Research Program, Groton, CT, September 26, 1997.
  • Targontsidis, S; Liotta, L. J. "Isolation, Purification and Assays of Pectate Lyase E", Northeastern Section of American Chemical Society 36th Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boston University, Boston, MA, April 26, 1997.
  • Kelley, S.; Dombi, K., Liotta, L. J. "Synthetic Study of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidines", Pfizer Undergraduate Fellows Summer Research Program,  Groton, CT, September 27, 1996.
  • Kuhn, A. M.; Targontsidis, S; Horan, B.; Liotta, L. J. "Synthesis of Benzyl Benzylidene Glucopyranose Trichloroacetimidate for Use in Enzymatic Mechanisms of Polysaccharide Lyases", 212th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, 1996.
  • Kuhn, A.M.; Targontsidis, S.; Liotta, L. J. "Mechanistic Study of Pectate Lyase: Its Substrates and Inhibitors", Northeastern Section, ACS Thirty-Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boston University, Boston, MA, April 27, 1996.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Barbella, G. A.; Pelletier, D. "Potential Substrates for Deamidating Catalytic Antibodies"  210th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 20-24, 1995.
  • Liotta, L. J.; Barbella, G. A.; Pelletier, D. "Potential Substrates for Deamidating Catalytic Antibodies"  Northeastern Section, ACS Thirty-Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Boston University, Boston, MA, April 29, 1995.
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Handbook of Dynein, 2nd Ed. by Keiko Hirose] Choice, 2020, February 
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Natrual Products in the Chemical Industry by Bernd Schaefer] Choice, 2015, September 
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of The Art of Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry. 2nd Ed, by Miguel E. Alonso-Amelot] Choice, 2015, May
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Introduction to Enzyme and Coenzyme Chemistry by T. D. H. Bugg Choice, 2013, April
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Introduction to Strategies of Organic Synthesis by Laurie Starkey Choice, 2012, November
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Organic Synthesis 3rd Ed, by Michael B. Smith Choice, 2012, April
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Practical Enzymology, by Hans Bisswanger Choice, 2011, December
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Enzymes for Green Organic Synthesis, by V. K. Ahluwalia Choice, 2011, May
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Molecular and Cellular Enzymology, by Jeannine Yon-Kahn and Guy Herv^D'e] Choice, 2010, October
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Allelochemicals/Natural Products, by Diego A. Sampietro, Cesar A. N. Catalan, and Marta A. Vattuone] Choice, 2010, May
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Enzyme Kinetics: Principles and Methods, by Hans Bisswanger] Choice, 2009, February
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry: Structure and Mechanism, by Michael L. Sinnott] Choice, 2008, June
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Comprehensive Glycosciences: from Chemistry to Systems Biology, ed. by Johannis P. Kamerling] Choice, 2008, April
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Methods and Reagents for Green Chemistry:  An Introdution, ed. by Pietro Tundo, Alvise Perosa, and Fulvio Zecchini] Choice, 2008, January
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Cyclodextrins and Their Complexes: Chemistry Analytical Methods, Applications, ed. by Helena Dodziuk] Choice, 2007, April
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Oxidation of Alcohols to Aldehydes and Ketones: A Guide to Current Common Practice, by Gabriel Tojo and Marcos Fernández] Choice, 2007, February
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Microwave-assisted Organic Synthesis One Hundred Reaction Procedures, by Daroisz Bogdal] Choice, 2006, September
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of The Organic Chemistry of Sugars, ed. by Daniel E. Levy and Péter Fügedi] Choice, 2006, April
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Chemistry of Natural Products, by Sujata V. Bhta] Choice, 2006, January
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Red Wine Color:  Exploring the Mysteries, ed. by Andrew L. Waterhouse and James A. Kennedy] Choice, 2005, June.
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Essentials of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry, by Thisbe K. Lindhorst, 2nd revised and updated edition] Choice, 2003, October, 41(2).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Microwaves in Organic Synthesis, ed. By André Loupy] Choice, 2003, June, 40(10).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Microwave Synthesis: Chemistry at the Speed of Light, by Brittany L. Hayes] Choice, 2003, April, 40(8).
  • Liotta, L.J. [Review of Carbohydrates the Sweet Molecules of Life, by Robert V. Stick] Choice, 2001, November, 39(3)
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of The Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry of Carbohydrates: A Chemical Introduction to the Glycosciences, by Serge David] Choice, 1998, October, 36(2).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Essentials of Carbohydrate Chemistry, by John F. Robyt] Choice, 1998, July/August, 35(11/12).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Comprehensive Organic Transformations on CD-ROM:  A Guide to Functional Group Preparations, by Richard Larock] Choice, 1998, May, 35(9).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Exercises in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, by Chiara Ghiron and Russell J. Thomas] Choice, 1998, January, 35(5).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Principles of Asymmetric Synthesis, by Robert E. Gawley and Jeffery  Aube] Choice 1997, July/August, 34(11/12).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Monosaccharides: Their Chemistry and Their Roles in Natural Products, by Peter M. Collins and Robert J. Ferrier] Choice  1996, May,  33(9).
  • Liotta, L. J. [Review of Applications of Molecular Biology in Environmental Chemistry, ed. by Roger A. Minear et. al.] Choice 1995, December, 33 (4).