Medicinal Chemistry

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Medicinal Chemistry at the U of M

Department of Medicinal Chemistry Faculty work with diverse graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers at the interface of Chemistry and Biology.  Learn more

Medicinal Chemistry

Students on CampusMedicinal 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.

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Research Areas

Medicinal Chemistry professor and student

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.

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Faculty Spotlight: Courtney Aldrich

courtney aldrichDr. 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

Tretyakova Research GroupDr. Natalia Tretyakova has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

Faculty Spotlight: Gunda Georg

Dr. Gunda GeorgDr. Gunda Georg’s research towards male contraceptives was featured on several broadcast news outlets including the front page of the Star Tribune.

Research in ITDDInstitute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development

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.

Dr. Gunda Georg of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development has recently been featured in a number of media outlets regarding her laboratory's efforts to develop a male birth control pill using the plant extract ouabain. Visit the links below to read more about the research: 

K5 News, "Natural Alternative Found Effective for Male Birth Control."

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Nelson on her promotion from Principal Scientist in the Walters lab to Research Assistant Professor!

Congratulations to Dr. William Pomerantz, who has been awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellowship! The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program is targeted at exceptional mid-career faculty to recognize their accomplishments and support their ongoing research and scholarship. The Fellowship is awarded to only five University professors annually. Dr. Pomerantz will be recognized by the University, along with other McKnight awardees, at a celebratory dinner on Tuesday, May 8th. 

Dr. Gunda Georg was interviewed for a recent segment on local news channel KARE 11 regarding the recent breakthroughs her laboratory has made into the development of a male birth control pill using the plant-derived compound ouabain. "Basically, when we gave this compound to rats and then looked at their sperm we found that the sperm motility was greatly reduced," Dr. Georg explained to reporter Chris Hepola.


Researcher at Biomedical Discovery District
Research Facilities

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


Student Spotlight: Sara Coulup

 Graduate student Sara Coulup receives a plaque at the 2018 MIKI meeting for winning the Best Oral Presentation AwardSara Coulup wins the best oral presentation at MIKI 2018.

Student Spotlight: Alex Strom