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Daniel Adu-Ampratwum, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Professional Interests

Many organic small molecules serve as drug leads for drug discovery and drug development programs. Understanding the structure and mechanism of action of these small molecules is essential for drug lead optimization. Also having a reliable synthetic access to these organic small molecules is important to aid in SAR studies and lead optimization in the search for new drugs for various diseases. Dr. Adu-Ampratwum's area of interest includes exploring novel synthetic methods for the synthesis of small organic molecules as lead compounds for drug discovery. His current research area focuses on designing and synthesizing small molecules to study HIV and cancer biology and as potential therapeutics.


  • 2016 – 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry – The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • 2010 – 2016 - PhD in Chemistry – The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • 2008 – 2010 – MS in Chemistry – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA
  • 2002-2006 - BS in Chemistry – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana