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.

Elizabeth A Ambrose

Dr. Elizabeth Ambrose has been elected to a three-year term on the University Senate as a College of Pharmacy representative. The University Senate governance system provides an opportunity for diverse voices of the University community to participate in discussions and weigh in on key issues facing the University.  

Deborah Rodriguez of the Harki lab has been selected to receive the 2020 Twin Cities Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarship! You can read more about her accomplishments here and here

Dr. Vadim Gurvich and his researchers Dr. Ricardo Gallardo-Macias and Andrew Goode are featured in the recent Minnesota Daily article "UMN Collaboration Produces Thousands of Gallons Hand Sanitizer." The Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development scientists have been working in collaboration with M Health Fairview to produce hand sanitizer to the FDA's specifications.

Four of our Medicinal Chemistry graduate students were recently annouced as winners of the Outstanding TA Award from the College of Pharmacy! Students Abhishek Kulkarni, Bill McCue, Connor McDermott, and Nick Weirath were all honored for Spring 2020. 


Researcher at Biomedical Discovery District
Research Facilities

Make use of the Department's over 50,000 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


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