Department of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Welcome to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

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  • Courtney Aldrich Named Editor-In-Chief of ACS Infectious Diseases

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  • Phil Portoghese - APhA Research Prize

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  • Research to Address Real-World Threats and Emergencies

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  • Hormone-Free Birth Control Research Advances

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  • Explore our Ph.D. Graduate Program

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  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

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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
  • The new journal will meet a growing demand for a place to publish top-notch chemistry-focused infectious diseases research. Read more
  • The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science honored department of medicinal chemistry distinguished professor Philip Portoghese with the 2015 Takeru Higuchi Research Prize. This award recognizes the highest accomplishments in pharmaceutical sciences, and is international in scope and stature. Dr. Portoghese will be recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego in March.
  • Bridging the fields of biochemistry and microbiology with computational sciences, Amin and her researchers are working on several projects, including designing small-molecule anthrax toxin lethal factor inhibitors for use as emergency therapeutics in a bioterror attack, identifying ricin toxin A inhibitors as counter-terrorism measures, and engineering enzyme active sites to rapidly and effectively hydrolyze fast-acting nerve agents on the battlefield or in civilian terrorism scenarios. 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 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


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