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.
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.
Make use of the Department's over 30,000 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 facaulty research.