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.

Dr. Natalia Tretyakova is coauthor on a number of articles published this October. Her coauthors include Medicinal Chemistry graduate students and postdocs Amanda Degner, Suresh Pujari, Christopher Seiler, Jenna Fernandez, Zoe Koerperich, and Shaofei Ji. You can read the abstracts below:

Dr. Rory Remmel is a coauthor on two articles recently published in the journal Clinical Transplantation on kidney transplantation:

Dr. Vadim Gurvich of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development is the principal investigator on a newly-awarded $647,667 National Institutes of Health contract for the development of a next-generation antidepressant. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Purdue University and a private company.

Dr. Jonathan L. Vennerstrom, an alumnus of the Medicinal Chemistry graduate program, has been awarded the American Chemical Society's 2019 Award for Creative Invention. Dr. Vennerstrom received his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1985 with Dr. Thomas Holmes as his thesis advisor. He is now a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. ACS Award recipients will be honored at the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL on April 2nd, 2019.

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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