Medicinal 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.
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.
Faculty Spotlight: Courtney Aldrich
Dr. 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
Faculty Spotlight: Gunda Georg
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Turesky who has been appointed as the Masonic Chair in Cancer Causation. His research focuses on hazardous chemicals found in food, tobacco smoke, and medicinal herbs which metabolize in our bodies and cause genetic damage that can lead to cancer.
Congratulations to Dr. Natalia Tretyakova who has been elected as Chair-Elect for the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Toxicology. As Chair-Elect, Dr. Tretyakova will be responsible for aiding the Chair in running the Division of Chemical Toxicology for a period of two years (2019-2020) before assuming the role of Chair for another two years (2021-2022).
Congratulations to Dr. Natalia Tretyakova, who has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)! Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and recognizes efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Dr. Tretyakova was elected in the Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of chemical carcinogenesis and chemical biology.
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:
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