Ribbon cutting celebrates newly renovated Natural Products Lab

November 8, 2017

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The College of Pharmacy recently celebrated the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Natural Products Laboratory in Parks Hall. Drs. Jinn and Diana Wu, the donors who gave $500,000 to upgrade the space, were honored at the event.

“A special thank you to Drs. Jinn and Diana Wu for their incredibly generous support that made this renovation possible and for traveling here today to share in our celebration. Our college is very lucky to have such strong support from our alumni. It is this type of support which contributes to our national success and allows us to have significant impact on advancing health care,” said Henry Mann, dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy.

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn, professor and Jack L. Beal Chair Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, will occupy the lab space. Dr. Kinghorn has made incredible contributions to natural products chemistry and Pharmacognosy. In particular, he has worked on compounds with potential antimicrobial effects, cancer chemotherapeutics and cancer chemopreventives, and agents with sweet-tasting, and bitterness-blocking effects. Dr. Kinghorn is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Natural Products and Series Editor in Chief of the book series Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products. Since coming to Ohio State in 2004, he has published more than 125 peer-reviewed original research articles and has received more than $15.7 million in NIH funding.

“We are excited to see how the renovated lab will benefit Dr. Kinghorn’s research and the wonderful young scientist he will train here,” said Dean Mann. “The impact of the gift by Jinn and Diana, will be felt for years to come.”

Dr. Jinn Wu also gave a few remarks about why he made the donation to the college.

“While I studied at the College of Pharmacy, I had access to state-of-the-art facilities. We wanted future students to have a modern and safe environment to conduct their research,” Dr. Wu said.

Dr. Jinn Wu graduated from the college in 1979 with a PhD in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. Dr. Diana Wu graduated two years later with a PhD in Pharmacology. Jinn studied under Jack Beal and Ray Doskotch in the lab that was renovated. Both credit the College of Pharmacy with their impressive career success.

“Ohio State and the College of Pharmacy have given us the most important advanced education, which helped shape our life and make us who we are today,” said Jinn Wu. “Ohio State is a great school that always makes their students a priority. We were very happy to give back, and hope we can motivate others to do the same.”

To view photos from the event, go here.