Medicinal Chemistry

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Medicinal Chemistry at the U of M

Department of Medicinal Chemistry Faculty work with diverse graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers at the interface of Chemistry and Biology.  Learn more

Medicinal Chemistry

Students on CampusMedicinal 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.

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Research Areas

Medicinal Chemistry professor and student

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.

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Faculty Spotlight: Courtney Aldrich

courtney aldrichDr. 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

Tretyakova Research GroupDr. Natalia Tretyakova has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

Faculty Spotlight: Gunda Georg

Dr. Gunda GeorgDr. Gunda Georg’s research towards male contraceptives was featured on several broadcast news outlets including the front page of the Star Tribune.

Research in ITDDInstitute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development

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 Katlyn Fleming of the Haskell-Luevano Lab, who was awarded the 2018-2019 Rowell Graduate Fellowship! The fellowship was established by the family of pharmaceutical industrialist Theodore H. Rowell to support graduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on drug delivery systems.  

 

Congratulations to Sara Coulup (Georg Lab) and Jian Tang (Harki Lab), who were both selected to receive the 2018-2019 Bighley Graduate Fellowship! The fellowship was established in 2008 by Dr. Lyle D. Bighley and Sharon Bighley as a way to support graduate students working in the biomedical health sciences. It recognizes excellence in students conducting research in laboratories with an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

 

Congratulations to Kellan Passow, graduate student in the Harki laboratory, who was awarded the American Chemical Society, Minnesota Section Travel Grant! The grant will provide funds for Kellan to attend the Fall 2018 ACS meeting in Boston, Massachusetts where he will make a presentation on his research. 

The research of Dr. Carston Wagner and his lab was featured in a recent Minnesota Daily article titled "UMN Researchers Attacking Cancer Cells with Nanotechnology." The article highlights the Wagner lab's steps towards clinical trials, in discussion with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for their nanoring therapy. The nanotherapy modifies the user's own T cells in order to reactivate the immune system to target cancer cells. Unlike other methods to kill tumor cells, the nanoring therapy is reversible and does not carry long-term risks.

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Research Facilities

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 facaulty research

Events

Student Spotlight: Sara Coulup

 Graduate student Sara Coulup receives a plaque at the 2018 MIKI meeting for winning the Best Oral Presentation AwardSara Coulup wins the best oral presentation at MIKI 2018.

Student Spotlight: Alex Strom