News and Events


Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Aldrich, who has been promoted to full Professor! Dr. Aldrich's research focuses on developing new antibacterial agents for multidrug resistant pathogens, including the synthesis and evaluation of new small molecules for the treatment and study of M. tuberculosis.

An article authored by Drs. Shameem Syeda, Gunda Georg, and collaborators, "Synthesis of Arylazide- and Diazirine-Containing CrAsH-EDT2 Photoaffinity Probes," published in Archiv der Pharmazie, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers. You can read it here

The NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases posted a NIAID Now blog entry highlighting the findings in the research article "Targeting protein biotinylation enhances tuberculosis chemotherapy" from the in the April 25th issue of Science Translational Medicine co-authored by Courtney Aldrich.&

The Georg laboratory's research was hightlighted in an interview for the WCCO News segment "'U' Chemists Close to Making Male Birth Control Pill a Reality."

Dr. David Ferguson weighed in on the increase of overdoses from K2 - a synthetic cannabinoid - in Hennepin county in a recent article published by City Pages. As Dr. Ferguson explains, part of the issue arises from the ease with which K2 can be manufactured by opportunistic drug dealers without fully understanding the drug's toxicity. He "describes the process as opening a garage or storage unit, ordering some laboratory fume hoods, and buying the basic chemical building blocks off the dark web to be shipped through UPS or FedEx.

Alex Strom, a graduate student in the Wagner laboratory, has been awarded an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to positively impact patient and public health by supporting high performing students who possess the skills and aptitude to become outstanding scientists and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and government/nonprofit sectors.

Jordan Baur, an undergraduate research assistant in the Harki laboratory, is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Dean's Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research acheivements by PharmD students.

Dr. Robert Turesky has been quoted in the recent Bloomberg article "Impossible Foods' Quest to Save the Planet Fails to Impress FDA." The article highlights questions raised about the potential health impacts of the increasingly-popular Impossible Burger, which is made using plant-derived heme. Heme is the component in hemoglobin which gives blood its red pigment and gives the Impossible Burger its close resemblance to beef.