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Advanced Organic Synthesis

Welcome to Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC (AOS). We are a manufacturer and supplier of fine chemicals, building blocks, polymers, pharmaceutical intermediates, and many more organic compounds.

Our Mission


The mission of Advanced Organic Synthesis is to provide the tools necessary to further scientific research and generate advances in technology. By providing the highest purity compounds and working together with our clients to develop cost effective novel compounds to meet their needs, we will achieve our company’s goals.

Our Vision

  • To provide academia and industry with the highest purity compounds available anywhere. -All our products are guaranteed to be the highest purity available. Each order comes with a certificate of analysis for your actual shipped product.
  • To provide the most cost effective custom synthesis solutions to meet individuals needs. -We will research the best possible synthesis for your compound to minimize cost to you and time to development.
  • To lead the integration of organic synthesis with biomedical research. -Organic compounds are in great demand for current research technology. We will provide the highest quality compounds to meet current needs and will work with academia to develop the compounds for what is to come next.
  • To promote diversity within the scientific community. -Our company is owned and operated by individuals with diverse cultural, ethnic, and scientific backgrounds so that the benefits of diversity in the sciences are realized.

Our Team

Anis Q. Ashraf, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Anis Ashraf earned her doctorate in organic synthesis from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis.

Albert J. Hunt, Jr., Ph.D., MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Hunt, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston in 2011. Subsequently, he developed an interest in organic synthesis..

Rashid Khokhar

President
Graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA with a BSEE degree.Post Baccalaureate work in Computer Science at University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA.

Mark D. Lowe

Director of Business Development
I want to share my THREE C’s: Coach, Creator, and Connector.  These are the attributes that differentiate me from others, and the core characteristics I bring to work with me every day.

Mirza Javed (“Jeff”) Ashraf

Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC was the dream and passion of a true visionary, Mirza Javed “Jeff” Ashraf. Unfortunately, Javed was taken away from us much too soon. Despite not having any technical background in chemistry,

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Anis Q. Ashraf, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Anis Ashraf earned her doctorate in organic synthesis from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Ashraf spent 16 years as a Senior Organic Chemist at Burzynski Research Institute, Houston, TX. Here, she isolated Antineoplastins from biological samples, and she studied pharmacokinetics in human patients. After completing this work, Dr. Ashraf spent three years as a Research Chemist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), where she studied pharmacokinetics of NSAIDs in rodents and human plasma. After completing her time in academia, Dr. Ashraf co-founded and served as Vice President at Polyorganix, Inc, Houston, TX, for 15 years. Dr. Ashraf has continued to express her entrepreneurial spirit by founding Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC, Houston, TX, where she serves as Chief Scientific Officer.

Dr. Ashraf is an expert in custom organic synthesis with extensive hands-on research experience and a proven ability to develop novel methodologies to execute complex synthetic routes to produce custom organic molecules. Dr. Ashraf manages multiple projects through collaboration in a challenging environment. Dr. Ashraf leads by example, and her passion is evident in every project she designs.

Albert J. Hunt, Jr., Ph.D., MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hunt, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston in 2011. Subsequently, he developed an interest in organic synthesis and entered industry at a small chemical company where Dr. Anis Ashraf trained him. After completing his training, Dr. Hunt, Jr., began his studies to earn his doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, neuroscience, from The University of Texas MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Hunt, Jr. joined Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC, in 2016. He successfully defended his dissertation surrounding the stress network’s and HPA-axis’ interaction with movement in anxiety-related behavior in 2017. Dr. Hunt, Jr. was offered a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX, and spent two years learning electrophysiology where he studied the retina, specifically rod bipolar cells. Concurrently, Dr. Hunt, Jr. earned his MBA in Global Supply Chain Management from Arkansas State University. Dr. Hunt, Jr. is devoted to discovery, improvement, and the quest for knowledge. His diverse education and unique set of skills have created an environment of innovation to achieve his vision that Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC, becomes a top leader in the Biotechnology and Biomedical Industries.

Dr. Hunt, Jr. is a leader, a teacher, and a mentor to anyone who desires to learn.

“AOSynthesis™ is much more than a biotech company, we are a diverse family of scientists. Our discoveries have the potential to improve the lives of millions, and this is why we come to work every day, plus it’s fun.”

-Dr. Hunt, Jr.

Rashid Khokhar

President
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA with a BSEE degree
  • Post Baccalaureate work in Computer Science at University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
  • Recently (Feb 2020) completed Data Analytics Boot Camp at Rice University
  • Worked for 40 years in Oil Industry
  • During this tenure managed several teams of world renowned scientests, mathematicians, and engineers from various disciplines. Project teams included members from many nationalities scattered over three continents working on multi-million-dollar developmental projects.
  • Managed company Test Well facility located outside Austin, TX which required dealing with several governmental and regulatory agencies.
  • Holds 9 patents and have authored several papers that were presented at high level conferences around the globe.
  • Has also served as Adjunct Faculty Member with Houston Community College System and University of Houston, Continuing Education for over 17 years.
  • Worked as volunteer tutor/mentor for the Magnum Program at Lee High School, Houston, and have worked with Neighborhood Centers, and United Way in the past.
  • Currently serving on the Fort Bend Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee whereby we oversee the utilization of bond money for construction of new schools and infrastructure improvements
  • Original founder of Shifa Services and currently a Board member. For several years conducted free computer training for communities at large under Shifa Services banner.
  • In September 2019, appointed Director on the Fort Bend County LID2 board by the Fort Bend County Commissioner Court.

Mark D. Lowe

Director of Business Development

I want to share my THREE C’s: Coach, Creator, and Connector.  These are the attributes that differentiate me from others, and the core characteristics I bring to work with me every day.

Coach – No, I didn’t win any Super Bowls.  What I do, though, is advocate for the people I work with, and look for every opportunity to build them up and help them be successful future leaders. I have been the player on the frontline in my professional life. I am a player’s coach and lead from experience and not just theory. Not only that, but I’m so passionate about the work I do and the people I work with. I’m the hands-on educator of the organization and the subject matter expert on the products and services we provide. 

Creator – Have a problem?  Let’s figure out a resolution!  I love to brainstorm and figure out improved ways to get tasks accomplished.  Need to reduce timelines?  Maybe there’s an opportunity to build a tool, maybe rearranging tasks will gain efficiencies, perhaps doubling up resources or expanding in-house/ remote sales channels. Is there an innovative solution that would allow diversification of sales channels? Let’s work together to find solutions that impact your company!

Connector – Want to increase collaboration amongst teams? Throughout my career, I have worked across many facets of a company. I and have mastered the art of bringing people from different backgrounds together to achieve a common goal. I am motivated to understand the vision; to help connect others to the strategy that will produce the most value for all. “Win-win is a belief in the third alternative. It’s not your way or my way; it’s a better way, a higher way.” ~Stephen Covey

Technology can’t appropriately reflect enthusiasm, dedication, aptitude, or flexibility.  I’d love an opportunity to demonstrate the value I will bring to your organization through Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC as a Senior Leader with experience in Sales, Sales Operations, and Client/Customer Service.

Mirza Javed (“Jeff”) Ashraf

Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC was the dream and passion of a true visionary, Mirza Javed “Jeff” Ashraf. Unfortunately, Javed was taken away from us much too soon. Despite not having any technical background in chemistry, he was truly gifted with superior common sense and a “feel” for businesses that aspire to do great things for communities and individuals. His dream was to make AOSynthesis™ a company that would not only provide for his beloved wife Anis but would have an impact worldwide.

Javed never backed away from helping anyone he came across who was in need. Any differences in religion, background, or ethnicity never colored his heartfelt desire to make everything good for everyone. His approach to life was that a handshake was as good or even better than a multi-page contract. Sometimes, this caused Javed to suffer losses in businesses or his endeavors. Yet, his belief in the goodness of others never weakened.

The current ownership and leadership of Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC, is determined to keep Javed’s dream alive. Together, we follow his modus operandi of doing all business with the utmost honesty and respect.