Taito O. Soine Lecture

Taito O. Soine headshot

Professor Ty Soine was born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1915. He received his B.S. degree in pharmacy in 1938 and his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1943, both from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation he joined the College of Pharmacy as an instructor and rose through the ranks to full Professor in 1950. Professor Soine chaired the Department of Medicinal Chemistry from 1970 to 1974 and held the position of Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Research until his sudden death in 1978.

Professor Soine had a long and distinguished career in medicinal chemistry and natural products chemistry. The scientific community recognized his achievements when he was awarded the AphA Research Achievement Award in Natural Products Chemistry in 1964. Dr. Soine had a lasting influence on the lives of his students and colleagues with whom he shared his warm personality and sense of humor. Those of us who worked with him over the years still remember his subtle wit and his active and dedicated interest in his students.

Recipients by Year


Dr. Ruth Wexler
Bristol-Myers Squibb
"Discovery of Novel Anticoagulants: New Frontiers and Lessons Learned"


Dr. Judy Bolton
University of Illinois at Chicago
"Botanicals as Natural Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy: Role in Breast Cancer Prevention"

Dr. James A. Wells
University of California, San Francisco
"Drug Discovery at Challenging Interfaces: the High Hanging Fruit”

Dr. Robert P. Hanzlik
University of Kansas
'Reactive metabolites, cellular targets, & beyond"

Dr. Duane D. Miller
University of Tennessee
"Search for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs)"

Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera
University of Utah
"Conus Peptides: Drug Discovery from Animal Biodiversity"

Dr. Gunda I. Georg
University of Kansas
"A Personal Perspective of Academic Medicinal Chemistry Research in the Past, Present and Future"

Dr. Neal Castagnoli, Jr.
Virginia Tech
"Studies on the Cytochrome P450 and Monoamine Oxidase Catalyzed Oxidation of (Cyclic Allylic) Teriary Amines"

Dr. Garland R. Marshall
Washington University
"Exploring the Interface Between G-Proteins and their Receptors"

Dr. Ralph F. Hirschmann
University of Pennsylvania
"Peptidomimetics: The Synthesis of Unnatural Products: Challenges, Potential and Hazards"

Recipients by Year

Dr. Leroy B. Townsend
University of Michigan
"The Synthesis of Selected Halogenated Benzimidazole Nucleosides and a Discussion on the Role of the Substituent at N1 in Relation to their Biological Activity"

Dr. George L. Kenyon 
University of California, San Francisco
"The Design of Enzyme Inhibitors and DNA Binding Agents Using Shape Complementarity"

Dr. Kuo-Hsiung Lee
University of North Carolina
"Bioactive Natural Products and Analogs as Antitumor, Anti-Malarial, Antifungal, and Anti-Aids Agents"

Dr. Donald T. Witiak
Ohio State University
"ACI-Reductones: Compounds of Interest in the Study of Atherogenic Mechanisms"

Dr. Arthur D. Broom
University of Utah
"Probes of the Thymidylate Synthase Active-Site"

Dr. Mathias P. Mertes
University of Kansas
"Cofactor Activation in the Design of K-Cat Inhibitors"

Dr. Joseph G. Cannon
University of Iowa
"Structure-Activity Studies of Dopamine Congeners Related to Ergoline"

Dr. Raymond E. Counsell
University of Michigan Medical School
"Approaches to the Site-Specific Delivery of Lipid-Soluble Agents"

Dr. Howard J. Schaeffer
Burroughs Wellcome
"The Chemistry and Biochemistry of Antiviral Agents"

First Soine Lecture
Dr. John A. Montgomery
Southern Research Institute
"Adventures in Purine Nucleoside Chemistry and Biology"