Ole Gisvold Lecture

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Dr. Ole Gisvold had a profound effect on the development of medicinal chemistry here at the University of Minnesota. As one of the principal authors of the well-known Textbook of Organic Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, he greatly influenced the teaching of medicinal chemistry throughout the nation. It is in Professor Gisvold's memory that the Gisvold Lecture in Medicinal Chemistry has been established. Through this lecture the Department recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to medicinal and natural products chemistry.

Gisvold Lectures by Year

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2015 - 2019

Dr. Craig Townsend
Johns Hopkins University

"The β-lactam Antibiotics: Creation and Application"

Dr. Mark Cushman
Purdue University
"How the Janus Kinases Hijacked Our Topoisomerase I Inhibitor Project"

Dr. François Diederich
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
"Molecular Recognition in Chemical and Biological Systems: A Multi-Dimensional Approach"

2010 - 2014

Dr. Peter B. Dervan
California Institute of Technology
"Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules: From Discovery to Applications"

Dr. Edward C. Taylor
Princeton University
"From Butterfly Wing Pigments to Cancer – The Discovery of the New Antitumor Drug Alimta"

Dr. Dennis C. Liotta
Emory University
"New Therapies for Treating Inflammation and Cancer"

2009 Gisvold Symposium

​In 2009, Dr. Gisvold was honored with a symposium centered around the topic of Natural Products and Antibacterial Drug Discovery.

Dr. Courtney C. Aldrich
University of Minnesota
"Inhibition of Natural Product Biosynthesis"

Dr. Robert A. Fecik
University of Minnesota
"Labels for Understanding the Basis of Specificity in Polyketide Synthase Didomains"

Dr. Kenneth A. Jacobson
National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
"Drug Design Based on Purine and Pyrimidine Receptors"

Dr. Natalie C. J. Strynadka
University of British Columbia
“Structure-Based Inhibition of the Glycosyltransferase and Transpeptidase Steps in Bacterial Peptidoglycan Synthesis”

Dr. Laura L. Kiessling
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Chemical Probes of Carbohydrate Biosynthesis in Mycobacteria"

2005 - 2009

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn
Ohio State University
"Plant Natural Products as Lead Compounds in Drug Discovery: Still of Interest After All This Time"

Robert J. Linhardt
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Heparin: Structure and New Biological Activities in Drug Development"

2000 - 2004

Dr. Ronald Breslow
Columbia University
"The Two Faces of Bioorganic Chemistry"

Dr. Caroline R. Bertozzi
University of California Berkeley
"Chemical Strategies for Modulating Cell Surface Architecture"

1995 - 1999

Dr. Dale Boger
The Scripps Research Institute
"Natural Products and Nature's Solutions to the Sequence Selective Recognition of Duplex DNA"

Dr. Koji Nakanishi
Columbia University
"Photoaffinity Studies of Ligand-Receptor Interactions"

1990 - 1994

Dr. Heinz Floss
University of Washington
"Biosynthesis of Thiopeptide Antibiotics"

Dr. John P.N. Rosazza
University of Iowa
"Metabolism of the Catharanthus Alkaloids:From Streptomyces to Monoamine Oxidase B"

Dr. Lester A. Mitscher
University of Kansas
"Progress in the Chemistry and Biology of the Quinolone Anti-infective Agents"

1985 - 1989

Dr. Laurence Hurley
University of Texas
"DNA Sequence Specificity as a Basis for Drug Design"

Dr. John M. Cassady
Purdue University
"Discovery and Design of Potential Anticancer Agents"