New Faculty Profile: Sunil David Joins the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Professor Sunil David joined the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry in August 2015.

An expert in the design and development of vaccine adjuvants, David’s research focuses on the discovery and development of endotoxin-sequestering molecules as potential anti-sepsis agents, modulation of innate immune pathways, and host responses to infectious agents.

David was drawn to the University of Minnesota and the College of Pharmacy because of the breadth of research spanning from the basic sciences through translation, and all the way to clinical trials.

"The opportunities for cross-disciplinary and translational research at the U of M are extraordinary," said David. "The Center for Immunology, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research, the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, and the College of Veterinary Medicine are some of the numerous world-class resources and strengths at the U. My team and I are very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the College of Pharmacy and to the Academic Health Center."

David received his MD and PhD degrees from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. He completed postdoctoral training at the Forschungszentrum in Borstel, Germany; at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore; and at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, he served on the faculty at the University of Kansas since 2005.