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Faculty with a focus in Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry involves the study of all compounds that may have a beneficial effect on living organisms. The discipline can be divided into several overlapping areas, including; how drugs act (mechanism of action); the design of new drugs and the improvement of known ones; the relationship of drug structure to drug activity (Structure-Activity Relationships, or SAR); and the absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs. Medicinal Chemistry requires an extensive background in organic chemistry, but other areas of chemistry are also important (e.g., biochemistry, and analytical chemistry), as well as related disciplines outside of chemistry, such as pharmacology.

Faculty with a focus in Medicinal Chemistry include the following (explanation of the symbols, *, §, ‡ are listed below):

Adeboye Adejare, Ph.D. *

  • Drug targeting
  • Mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds
  • Pharmaceutical profiling

Ara DerMarderosian, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

  • Pharmacognosy
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Nutraceuticals

Elisabetta Fasella, Ph.D. §

  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Enzyme catalysis

Peter J. Harvison, Ph.D. *

  • Drug metabolism
  • HPLC method development
  • Structure activity/toxicity relationships

Guillermo Moyna, Ph.D.

  • Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy
  • Computational chemistry
  • Computer-assisted rational drug design

John Tomsho, Ph.D.

  • Organic Systhesis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bioorganic

Murray Zanger, Ph.D (Emeritus)

  • Organic syntheses
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Proton NMR

Randy J. Zauhar, Ph.D.

  • Computational chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer-aided drug design

Research Advising Ability

§ May serve as a research advisor for undergraduate students
* Research Professors from other departments who may serve as research advisors for graduate students in their appropriate area of expertise
May serve as a research advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students
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