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Gunda Georg Alfred Burger Award Flyer

Dr. Gunda Georg gave her Alfred Burger Award Lecture at the 2021 ACS Spring meeting on April 6th. The lecture took place during the award ceremony to honor the 2020 ACS awardees. The Alfred Burger Award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in medicinal chemistry. 

A headshot of Erik Faber

Congrats to MD/PhD graduate student Erik Faber of the Georg lab for receiving the Veneziale-Steer Award from the University of Minnesota's Medical School. The award recognizes outstanding basic scientific research by a graduate student or a medical student in the field of cellular growth regulation. 

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

Dr. Elizabeth Ambrose and Connor McDermott, a graduate student in Dr. Ambrose's lab, will be presenting their research on paleopharmaceuticals from baltic amber at the spring 2021 meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). As Dr. Ambrose explained in a press release to the ACS,

Carston Wagner headshot

Carston “Rick” Wagner, PhD, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Volwiler Research Achievement Award.

Erik Faber has been selected to receive the 2021 Abul-Hajj/Hanna Exceptional Graduate Student Award in Medicinal Chemistry.  This award is given yearly for the quantity and quality of research accomplishments, the quality of the original research proposal for the oral exam, the quality of seminars and colloquia, the Graduate Course Grade-point average since entering the program, and service and citizenship in Departmental affairs. Erik is a member of the Georg research group.  

A new Team Science Grant has been awarded to Okay Saydam, MSc, PhD (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology) and Gunda Georg, PhD (Medicinal Chemistry and ITDD). Henry Wong, PhD (ITDD and Medicinal Chemistry) will oversee the pharmacokinetic studies. The title is: Exploring Novel Therapeutics for Pediatric and Adult Glioblastoma. The $250,000 award is for two years and is supported by the Minnesota Masonic Charities.

Dr. Vadim J. Gurvich and his collaborator, Dr. George L. Wilcox of the Medical School, received an Office of Academic Clinical Affairs Faculty Research Development Grant for their project “Synthesis and characterization of a novel bivalent peripherally directed analgesic."



Dr. Kathy Nelson has received an R21 award of $227,512 for her project titled, "Chemical Probes as Allosteric Modulators of CK2 Alpha Prime Targeting Huntington's Disease". This is a collaborative project with Dr. Rocio Gomez-Pastor of the Department of Neuroscience in the Medical School.

On July 1st of 2020, Dr. Daniel Harki, became the director of graduate studies (DGS) for the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, assuming the role from Dr. Barry Finzel who served as DGS for three years. 

Congratulations to graduate student Connor McDermott of the Ambrose lab for completing the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program from the University's Office for Equity and Diversity.