Department of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Welcome to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

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  • Hormone-Free Birth Control Research Advances

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  • Explore our Ph.D. Graduate Program

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  • Gunda Georg Inducted into the Academy for Excellence in Health Research

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  • Game Changer: Philip Portoghese

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  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

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  • A Leader in Drug Development

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  • The Department of Medicinal Chemistry consists of a diverse group of faculty members, Ph.D. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Areas of research focus in the Department include antiviral drug design, cancer drug discovery and chemoprevention, chemical biology, carcinogenesis, peptidomimetics, receptor modeling, drug metabolism, gene therapy, combinatorial biosynthesis, natural product chemistry and NMR and X-ray crystallography. Read more
  • Researchers will investigate pharmaceutical alternatives to existing hormone-based birth control under a new $8.3M NIH contract.  The primary goal of the five-year research contract is to both develop new non-hormonal male and female birth control drug targets and expand on existing targets. Read more
  • Our Ph.D. graduate students receive a diverse educational experience in chemistry and biology that prepares them for the evolving multidisciplinary research in the pharmaceutical industry and the academic biomedical arena. Read more
  • The Academy for Excellence in Health Research is the highest recognition of excellence in research by Academic Health Center faculty.  Those selected have enhanced the research identity of the University of Minnesota through sustained nationally- and internationally-recognized biomedical or health-related research in their field. Read more
  • Dr. Portoghese has made critical contributions to the understanding of pain management, addiction, and tolerance to morphine-like pain relievers.

    The international impact his findings continue to have is gamechanging in every sense of the word, but his dedication to science is what sets him apart from the pack. Read more
  • The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry publishes studies that contribute to an understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action. See journal
  • The new book, From Digitalis to Ziagen, covers the history of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry.

    Authored by Professor Yusuf Abul-Hajj and Richard Broderick, the book covers everything from the establishment of the College of Pharmacy and the department, to profiles of notable faculty members and the leadership role the department and its faculty played in drug development. Read more

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