Asia Riel

Assistant Research Professor

Contact Information

Center For Translational Medicine
(406) 243-6727

Office Address

Center For Translational Medicine
Skaggs 392
32 Campus Dr MS 1656
Missoula MT, 59812

Teaching Experience

CHMY 124 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab

CHMY 222 Organic Chemistry Lab 1

CHMY 224 Organic Chemistry Lab 2

Research Interests

Design, synthesis, pharmacodynamic development and characterization of novel adjuvants and immunomodulatory agents. 


Riel, Asia Marie S.; Decato, Daniel, A.; Sun, Jiyu; Berryman*, Orion B. “Halogen Bonding Organocatalysts Enhanced through Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonds” Chem. Commun., 2022, 58, 1378-1381.

Decato, Daniel A.; Riel, Asia Marie S.; May, James, H.; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S.; Berryman*, Orion B. “Theoretical, Solid-State, and Solution Quantification of the Hydrogen-Bond-Enhanced Halogen Bond” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 2-10.

Decato, Daniel A.; Riel, Asia Marie S.; May, James; Berryman*, Orion B. "Structural Analysis of 1,3-bis(4-ethynyl-3-iodopyridinium)-benzene Halogen Bond Donors" Crystals. 2019, 9(10), 522.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Rowe, Rhianon K.; Ho, Ethan N.; Carlsson, Anna-Carin C.; Berryman*, Orion B.; Ho*, P. Shing. "Hydrogen bond enhanced halogen bonds: A synergistic interaction in chemistry and biochemistry" Acc. Chem. Res. 2019, 52, 10, 2870–2880. Front cover art.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Jeannin, Olivier; Berryman*, Orion B.; Fourmigué*, Marc. " Co-crystals of an organic tris-selenocyanate with ditopic Lewis bases: recurrent chalcogen bond interactions motifs." Acta Cryst. 2019, B75, 34-38.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Huynh, Huu-Tri; Jeannin, Olivier; Berryman*, Orion B.; Fourmigué*, Marc. "Organic selenocyanates as halide receptors: from chelation to one-dimensional systems." Crystal Grow. Des. 2019, 19, 1418-1425.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Decato‡, Daniel A.; Sun, Jiyu; Massena, Casey J.; Jessop, Morly J.; *Berryman, Orion B. “The intramolecular hydrogen bonded–halogen 5 bond: a new strategy for preorganization and enhanced binding." Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 6451-6451

Sun, Jiyu; Riel, Asia Marie S.; Berryman*, Orion B. " Solvatochromism and fluorescence response of a halogen bonding anion receptor." New J. Chem. 2018, 42, 10489-10492. Halogen Bonding Special Edition.

Jeannin, Olivier; Huynh, Huu-Tri; Riel, Asia Marie S.; Fourmigué*, Marc. "Chalcogen bonding interactions in organic selenocyanates: from cooperativity to chelation." New J. Chem. 2018, 42, 10502 - 10509. Halogen Bonding Special Edition. Cover art.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Jessop, Morly J.; Massena, Casey J.; Nascimento, Vinicius R.; Decato, Daniel A.; *Berryman, Orion B. “Experimental investigation of halogen-bond hard–soft acid–base complementarity.” Acta Cryst. 2017. B73, 203-209. Halogen Bonding Special Edition.

Riel, Asia Marie S.; Decato, Daniel A.; *Berryman, Orion B. “Protonation and Alkylation Induced Multidentate C–H•••Anion Binding to Perrhenate.” Cryst. Growth Des. 2016, 16, 974-980.

Massena, Casey J.; Riel, Asia Marie S.; Neuhaus, George F.; Decato, Daniel A.; *Berryman, Orion B. “Solution and Solid-Phase Halogen and C-H Bonding to Perrhenate.” Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 1417-1420.

Dressler, Justin J.; Miller, Sarah A.; Meeuwsen, Brian T.; Riel, Asia Marie S.; *Dahl, Bart J. “Synthesis of dilactone bridged terphenyls with crankshaft architectures.” Tetrahedron. 2015, 71, 283-292.

Carlson, Erik J.; Riel, Asia Marie S.; *Dahl, Bart J. “Donor-Acceptor Biaryl Lactones: pH-Induced Molecular Switches with Intramolecular Charge Transfer Modulation.” Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53, 6245–6249.

* Research Advisor;  co-authors (each author contributed equally).


Riel, Asia Marie S.; Wageling, N. B.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman*, O. B. “Anion-Arene Interactions and the Anion-π Phenomenon.” In: Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry II, Atwood, J. L., (ed.) 2017, vol. 1, pp. 149-184. Oxford: Elsevier.

Professional Experience

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Translational Medicine, University of Montana


09/2022       Harvard Medical School (HMX) Courses (Immunology and Pharmacology)

06/2022       Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Summer School 2022

International Experience

2017-2018 Chateaubriand Fellow, Embassy of France in the United States

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