News and Events


Graduate student Alex Hurben of the Doran and Tretyakova labs has been awarded the Exceptional Presentation Award in Chemical Biology at the American Chemical Society's 2021 Great Lakes Regional Meeting. His presentation "Shining a Light on Endogenous Electrophiles: Releasing Methylglyoxal with Spatiotemporal Control in Biological Systems" took place at the Chemical Biology Interface session on June 9th. 

Congratulations to our graduate students who have been awarded 2021 fellowships from the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy!

Peter Dosa wearing white lab coat and safety glasses in laboratory

Thanks to a research collaboration between the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Develoment and Mayo Clinic, a drug that shows promise for glaucoma patients has moved to Phase I/II clinical trials.

A headshot phot of Connor McDermott. He is standing outside surrounded by grass, wearing dark rimmed glasses and a blue button-up shirt. Congratulations to Connor McDermott who was selected to receive a 2020-2021 Outstanding TA Award by the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy! This marks the second year in a row that he has been selected for the award. Connor is a graduate student in Dr.

Daniel Harki

Congratulations to Dr. Dan Harki for his promotion to Full Professor! Dr. Harki has been with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry since 2009 and also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and as Co-Leader for the Cellular Mechanisms Program in the Masonic Cancer Center.

A portrait of Dr. Elizabeth Ambrose and graduate student Connor McDermott.

Work in Dr. Elizabeth Ambrose's lab has been featured in recent publications by both Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and in the German publication Focus Online.

Congratulations to our graduate student poster presentation winners who presented research at MIKIW 2021 this spring. The winners are: 

Session A, 1st Place: Caroline Buchholz (Pomerantz Lab)

Session B, 1st Place: Alexander Hurben (Doran Lab)

Maxwell Dillenburg, a graduate student in the Wagner Lab, has received an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-doctoral Fellowship! The goal of the fellowship program is to positively impact patient and public health by supporting high performing students who possess the skill and aptitude to become outstanding scientists and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and the government/nonprofit sectors. 

Jian Tang (Harki lab) and Yiao Wang (Wagner Lab), have both been selected to receive a 2021-22 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Yupeng Li on his promotion to Research Assistant Professor! Dr. Li's research focuses on tobacco-caused carcinogenesis and chemoprevention in Dr. Stephen Hecht's laboratory.