According to The New York Times, the 2013 fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation come with a stipend of $625,000 paid over five
Dr. Baran's research focuses on the art and science of organic synthesis. According to the McArthur Foundation announcement, the 36-year-old scientist's work involves "recreating
pharmacologically interesting compounds isolated from natural sources
de novo in the laboratory through an experimental methodology known as 'total synthesis.'"