James Fuchs

James Fuchs

James Fuchs, PhD

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Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
634 Riffe Building
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Professional Interests

Natural products have always played a key role for medicinal chemists in the process of drug discovery. Employing the structural scaffolds and biological activities of these compounds as a starting point, our group uses synthetic chemistry as a tool to probe biological problems. Specifically, Dr. Fuchs’ lab utilizes synthetic methods to prepare bioactive natural products and their analogues, gain insights into the structure–activity relationships of ligand/receptor systems, and investigate biosynthetic pathways. Ultimately, the goal of this research is not simply to prepare these compounds, but to improve upon their activity and pharmacological profiles by focusing on their properties.


  • 2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, Medicinal/Organic Chemistry
  • 2005, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Organic Chemistry
  • 1998, BS, cum laude, University Honors, Honors in Chemistry, University of Toledo, Chemistry