Margarita Kirova-Snover

Lecturer, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Dr. Margarita Kirova-Snover is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Prior to joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011, she was a Senior Research Scientist I in the Medicinal Chemistry Department at AMRI, Inc. (Albany Molecular Research). Dr. Kirova-Snover is active in the continued improvement of chemical education and mentoring program in organic chemistry lecture and laboratory.


Postdoctoral Scholar (Organic Chemistry), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D. (Chemistry), Wayne State University

M.S. (Chemistry), Western Kentucky University

Dipl. Chem. Eng. (Chemical Engineering), Higher Institute of Chemical Technology, Sofia


Research Focus
  • medicinal chemistry
  • organic synthesis
Select Works
  • Guzi, T.; Tian, Y.; Shipps, G. W.; Bogen, S. L.; Nair, L. G.; Ma, Y.; Shizuka, M.; Voss, M. E.; Lahue, B. R.; Kirova-Snover, M.; Liu, Y.; Gibeau, C. R.; Wang, Y.; Brent, C. W.; Weidong, P.; McCoy, M. A.; “Substituted Piperidines as HDM2 Inhibitors.” World Patent WO 2013096150, June 27, 2013.
  • Bogen, S. L.; Ma, Y.; Wang, Y.; Lahue, B. R.; Nair, L. G.; Shizuka, M.; Voss, M. E.; Kirova-Snover, M.; Pan, W.; Tian, Y.; Kulkarni, B. A.; Gibeau, C. R.; Liu, Y.; Scapin, G.; Rindgen, D.; Doll, R. J.; Guzi, T. J.; Hicklin, D. J.; Nomeir, A.; Seidel-Dugan, C.; Shipps, G. W.; Maccoss, M. “Substituted Piperidines that Increase p53 Activity and the Uses thereof.” World Patent WO 2011046771, April 21, 2011.
  • Rigby, J. H.; Kirova-Snover, M. “Studies on Intramolecular Cr(0)-Promoted [6+2] Cycloaddition Reactions. Synthesis of beta-Cedrene.” Tetrahedron Lett. 1997, 38, 8153.
  • Rigby, J. H.; Kirova, M.; Niyaz, N. M.; Mohammadi, F. “Intramolecular, Metal-Promoted [6+2] Triene/Alkyne Cycloaddition Reactions.” Synlett 1997, 805.
  • Dahl, D. B.; Davies, C.; Hyden, R.; Kirova, M. L.; Lloyd, W. G. “The Pd(II)-Catalyzed Homogeneous Isomerization of Hexenes.” J. Mol. Catal. 1997, 123, 91.
  • Rigby, J. H.; Rege, S. D.; Sandanayaka, V. P.; Kirova, M. L. “Studies on Intramolecular Higher-Order Cycloaddition Reactions.” J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 842.
  • Kirova, M. L.; Dahl, D. B.; Lloyd, W. G. “Isomerization and Oxidation of Linear Hexenes with Methanolic Pd(II).” J. Mol. Catal. 1994, 88, 301.
  • Schultz, A. G.; Kirova-Snover, M. L. “Intramolecular Cycloaddition Reactions of Alkenes and Alkynes with 1,3-Biradicals Generated from Thermolysis of Spiro[2,5]octa-1,4-dien-3-ones. Photochemical and Acid-Catalyzed Dienone-Phenol Rearrangement of the Resultant Cycloadducts.” 36th National Organic Chemistry Symposium, Madison, WI, June 1999