Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

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Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

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The Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy has diverse research interests representing medicinal, synthetic, organic, analytical, natural products, biological chemistry, molecular biology, and computer-aided molecular design.

Research and education in both graduate courses and laboratories are strongly tied to the interdisciplinary studies of medicinal, chemical, biochemical, and biological sciences.

This interdisciplinary environment leads to collaborations with many of the departments, colleges, and organizations across campus and around the world.

Current research focuses of the division include: identifying natural products with anticancer, anti-infective and taste enhancing properties; boron chemistry and anticancer/antifungal drug discovery; antiparasitic drug discovery and development; biological activity of natural products; utilizing medicinal chemistry approaches to target cancer and other disease states; utilizing synthetic medicinal chemistry to identify hit and lead compounds against cancer and infectious diseases; novel microbial biosynthetic pathways and secondary metabolites; design and synthesis of new antibacterial drug candidates; identifying unique aspects of the malaria parasite; and, neuroprotection.

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2017 Division Accomplishments

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faculty were inventors on six different patents
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funded grants/contracts with faculty listed as either a PI or Co ‐ I
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peer reviewed publications
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