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Faculty with a focus in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry is an area of chemistry focused on the development, production, and delivery of drugs used to prevent, cure, and relieve symptoms of disease. Pharmaceutical chemists may synthesize new drugs, or modify older drugs so that they have improved therapeutic value, are less toxic, or have improved stability. The need to demonstrate safety, bioavailability, and effectiveness of all new drugs, as mandated by the FDA, places unique quality control requirements on all aspects of the drug manufacturing and distribution process. To meet these requirements, pharmaceutical chemists also develop improved analytical techniques for monitoring the levels of drugs in the body and to ascertain the safety and potency of the drugs on the pharmacy shelf.

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

Catherine M. Bentzley, Ph.D.

  • Mass spectrometry of biological molecules

Ara DerMarderosian, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

  • Pharmacognosy
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Nutraceuticals

Rodney J. Wigent, Ph.D.

  • Solution calorimetry and thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of drug excipients
  • Biophysical chemistry of DNA topology/structure

Murray Zanger, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

  • Organic syntheses
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Proton NMR

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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