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Dr. Hendrik Luesch appointed to Natural Product Reports’ editorial board

Natural Product Reports is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal for publication of reviews in all areas of natural products chemistry, including biosynthesis, chemical biology, pharmacology and organic synthesis.

Rolf Muller, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rolf Müller, 1/25

Dr. Müller is the Managing Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) in Germany where he also leads the Department of Microbial Natural Products. His lecture is titled, “Basic microbiology, chemistry and synthetic biotechnology to identify and characterize antibiotics from microbes.”

Dr. Hendrik Luesch featured in Go Greater campaign video

Luesch’s marine drug discovery research is highlighted in the video supporting UF’s $3 billion fundraising campaign.

Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., a medicinal chemistry professor at the UF College of Pharmacy, currently serves as president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Dr. Chris McCurdy installed as 2018 AAPS president

Medicinal chemistry professor Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., was installed as the 2018 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, or AAPS, president at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 12-15 in San Diego.

Dr. McCurdy CNN interview

UF Pharmacy faculty featured in CNN report on kratom and the opioid crisis

Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., a professor of medicinal chemistry, was featured in a CNN.com report on kratom, an herb, and its potential to treat pain and opioid withdrawal.

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Welcome to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is located in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is an integral part of UF Health. The strategic location within the Health Science Center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations and close interactions with clinicians, which catalyzes the translation from bench to bedside.

Our faculty teach in both Pharm.D. and the departmental Ph.D. program. Several faculty are also teaching in our online MS Pharmacy program. Our graduate students get exposed to the entire life cycle of a drug by participating in college-wide activities and receive outstanding in-depth training in early-stage drug discovery and modern medicinal chemistry.

The department has excellent facilities dedicated to major areas of medicinal chemistry research, and our faculty have been highly successful in attracting extramural research support. UF’s Preeminence initiative in drug discovery and development has supported an expansion of the department in focus research areas such as natural products and structure-based drug design and invested in major therapeutic areas, including cancer, anti-infectives, drug abuse and pain research.

Our impressive natural products inspired program encompasses the entire spectrum of multidisciplinary research from genomes to drugs, including genome mining, biosynthetic engineering, chemical synthesis and biological profiling of natural products and natural product-like compounds, leading to the corresponding in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, mechanistic studies, and preclinical evaluation of drug candidates. Several such lead compounds have been licensed by pharmaceutical companies.

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With many more small-molecule lead compounds emerging from our medicinal chemistry campaigns, utilizing target-based, phenotypic or virtual screens as well as genome scanning as starting points, our research platform provides exciting opportunities to both our current and future graduate students.

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D.

Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development |  Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Faculty Search

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. Candidates should have a record of a strong independent research program in drug discovery and development or demonstrate outstanding potential to build such a program. Faculty hires will also participate in professional and graduate instructional efforts of the college. Area of specialization within medicinal chemistry is open, but should complement the interests of the department and the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development and agree with institutional strategies adopted by the University of Florida to foster interdisciplinary research in cancer, infectious diseases, neuroscience and diabetes.

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Dr. Hendrik Luesch appointed to Natural Product Reports’ editorial board

January 18, 2018

Natural Product Reports is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal for publication of reviews in all areas of natural products chemistry, including biosynthesis, chemical biology, pharmacology and...

UF College of Pharmacy welcomes Dr. Jacques Turgeon as associate dean of the Orlando campus

January 10, 2018

Turgeon will serve as the academic and administrative leader in Lake Nona and support several UF College of Pharmacy programs at the campus.

Fast Facts: UF Medicinal Chemistry

Meet Marci Smeltz, Ph.D. | Spring 2017 Graduate

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Anita Mattson, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Anita Mattson, 1/4

Dr. Mattson is the associate department head and graduate program coordinator at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her lecture is titled, "Complex Bioactive Target Construction with Non-Convalent Catalysis."

Jeffrey Rudolf, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey D. Rudolf, 1/9

Dr. Rudolf is a postdoctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute. His lecture is titled, "Biosynthesis of the Antibiotics Platensimycin and Platencin."

Lina Cui, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lina Cui, 1/22

Dr. Cui is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico. Her lecture is titled, "Molecular Imaging with Synthetic Glycans."

Daniel Whitehead, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Daniel Whitehead, 1/23

Dr. Whitehead is an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Clemson University. His lecture is titled, "Drug Delivery Strategy for Trypanosomiasis."

Zarko Boskovic, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Zarko Boskovic, 1/26

Dr. Boskovic is a postdoctoral researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His lecture is titled, "Concurrent Preparation and a Snapshot of Bioactivity of Synthetic Compounds."

Otto Phanstiel, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Otto Phanstiel, 1/30

Dr. Phanstiel is a professor of medical education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. His lecture is titled, "Targeting Polyamine Metabolism in Human Cancers."