Medicinal Chemistry is a dynamic, multifaceted scientific discipline that is dedicated to the improvement of human health through research that leads to the design and development of safe and effective therapeutic, diagnostic, and environmental agents.
Biosafety/ biosecurity, cancer and neurological drug discovery, chemical neuroscience, chemoprevention and carcinogenesis, combinatorial biosynthesis, computer-aided drug design, drug metabolism, gene therapy, high-throughput screening, immunology, NMR, non-hormonal contraception, peptidomimetics and X-ray crystallography.
Faculty Spotlight: Courtney Aldrich
Dr. Aldrich received a $3.8 million NIH grant for the project "Siderophore Inhibitors for Tuberculosis that Block Mycobactin Biosynthesis" on which he is the sole PI. Also, his collaborative research was the focus of a LA times article.
Faculty Spotlight: Natalia Tretyakova
Faculty Spotlight: Gunda Georg
The ITDD carries out interdisciplinary research, helps educate the next generation of scientists, and enhances the biomedical research infrastructure by creating opportunities for drug discovery and early pre-clinical drug development.
Congratulations to Dr. Gunda Georg, who has been selected to receive the ACS 2020 Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry! This award is presented biennially and recognizes outstanding contributions to research in the field of medicinal chemistry. Dr. Georg will be honored at an award ceremony on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in conjunction with the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Robert Turesky was quoted in the recent Time article "What the Science Really Says About Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk" discussing the role that heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (chemicals that form in cooked red meat) play in increasing the risk of human cancer:
Graduate student Erik Faber of the Georg lab is coauthor on a recent article published on Nature.com titled "What Medicine Can Teach Academia About Preventing Burnout." The authors propose a number of measures to combat burnout in science academia, including connecting graduate students with the public sphere, enabling time away from the lab, and exposing students to non-academic job opportunities.
Make use of the Department's over 30,000 square feet of modern research laboratory space located within the Academic Health Center and the Biomedical Discovery District. Read more about our instrumentation, laboratories, facilities and faculty research.