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Division of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

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The Division of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy 2023

Faculty of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy have diverse research interests in drug discovery and development. Division members pursue interdisciplinary research involving medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, natural products chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry and computer-aided molecular design.

Current research in the division includes: 

  • The identification of natural products with anticancer, anti-infective, and other biological activities.
  • The discovery of synthetic anticancer, antifungal, antibacterial, neuroprotective, and antiparasitic drugs.
  • The use of medicinal chemistry approaches to optimize therapeutic candidates and identify potent and efficacious lead compounds.
  • The use of chemical biology approaches to create synthetic molecular probes and identify biological targets of small molecules.
  •  The identification of hit compounds against cancer and infectious diseases using rational design and screening approaches.
  • The elucidation of novel microbial biosynthetic pathways and secondary metabolites.

Division Chair

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Blake R. Peterson, PhD 
Chair of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Administrative Assistant: Ian Ghidossi,

Division Faculty