Learn about the latest Medicinal Chemistry news regarding research, faculty and students.
Departmental News: Medicinal Chemistry
Published: Oct 26th, 2017
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.
Published: Oct 9th, 2017
The American College of Clinical Pharmacology ACCP recognized Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D., for outstanding achievements and contributions to the organization.
Published: Sep 26th, 2017
The symposium featured nearly 130 participants and plenary speakers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Scripps Research Institute-Florida and National Cancer Institute.
Published: Aug 8th, 2017
Dr. Yousong Ding in the UF College of Pharmacy found the Coprinus comatus mushroom, commonly known as the lawyer’s wig or shaggy mane, killed human T-cell leukemia cells during laboratory tests.
2017 College of Pharmacy graduate Fatma Al-Awadhi awarded Kilmer Prize by The American Society of Pharmacognosy, July 2017
The American Society of Pharmacognosy selected Fatma Al-Awadhi, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, as its Kilmer Prize winner. The award recognizes outstanding student research in the area of natural products and supports Al-Awadhi’s travel to the American Society of Pharmacognosy Annual Meeting. Fatma obtained her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Luesch. Her research involves the discovery and characterization of novel anticancer and antimetastatic agents from marine cyanobacteria.
Best Student Seminar Awards in Med Chem, June 2017
Congratulations to Weijing Cai and Marci Smeltz in the senior division, and Gena Burch in the junior division.
The paper described a synthesized library of antimicrobial peptide inspired NH-125 analogues that demonstrated bacterial and fungal biofilm-eradicating properties in collaboration with the Ding lab. This work was featured on the journal cover.
The paper, set to publish online in September, focuses on utilizing a modular Wohl-Aue synthesis for the exploration and development of novel halogenated phenazine (HP) biofilm-eradicating agents. Several of these agents were found to demonstrate antibacterial activities against M. tuberculosis in collaboration with the Luesch lab.
Drs. Huigens and Grundmann are part of the Medicinal Chemistry faculty.
This fellowship supports her graduate studies on the biotransformation of phenolic drugs and toxicants. The program provides predoctoral trainees with the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research.
Dr. Margaret James was awarded a diversity supplement to the NIGMS grant, March 2017
These funds will support post-doctoral fellow Edwin Squirewell in studying the developmental pharmacology of glutathione transferase zeta1.
This award from the UF Office of Technology Licensing recognizes inventors who have developed technologies that were licensed during the 2016 calendar year.
Published: Feb 23rd, 2017
A University of Florida research team investigating biofilm-eradication has landed on the cover of the Feb. 16 issue of ChemBioChem.
Published: Feb 23rd, 2017
A record 89 poster entries and a keynote address about how technology is transforming clinical drug development highlighted the annual event. Weijing Cai, medicinal chemistry Ph.D. student, won the senior Milliard division for oral presentation on “Development of Apratoxins, Marine-Derived Anticancer Agents with Novel Effects on Growth Factor Signaling.”
Published: Feb 8th, 2017
Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development, received the Golden Medal Award for his presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Herbal and Traditional Medicine.
Published: Feb 7th, 2017
Research on the kava plant led by Chengguo “Chris” Xing, Ph.D., a professor of medicinal chemistry and the Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar, was featured in the winter 2017 issue of Nutrition Frontiers newsletter published by the National Cancer Institute.
Published: Feb 1st, 2017
A novel strategy developed by UF Health researchers has yielded several promising compounds to fight inflammation and diseases such as colorectal cancer.
Published: Jan 25th, 2017
The honor is the highest recognition of teaching excellence given within the College of Pharmacy.
Huigens’ lab published on a microwave-enhanced Friedländer synthesis for the rapid assembly of a diverse library of halogenated quinoline biofilm-eradicating agents. This was an invited article that was included in the themed collection: “New Talent: Americas.” This issue covered medicinal chemistry research in its broadest sense and showcased the strength of research being carried out by tomorrow’s leaders in the field.
Published: Jan 19th, 2017
Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., a professor of medicinal chemistry, is featured in a PBS NewsHour report on kratom. (Video begins at 6:40)
Welcome to Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., B.S.Ph., FAAPS, who joined the Medicinal Chemistry faculty in January 2017.
Dr. McCurdy will serve as a professor and director of the UF Translational Drug Development Core.
Published: Nov 3rd, 2016
Three University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers were recently installed as endowed professors in the college. Drs. Li and Xing from Medicinal Chemistry were honored with this highest designation for faculty.
Dr. James will use the grant to study the developmental pharmacology of glutathione transferase zeta1.
Congratulations to Ranjala Ratnayake, Ph.D., research assistant professor, on receiving the NCI Specialist Award from the NIH, September 2016.
Published: Jun 10th, 2016
Medicinal chemists at the College of Pharmacy recently discovered a series of organic compounds that can kill dangerous bacterial biofilms.
Published: Apr 3rd, 2016
The April 29 event will highlight the center’s ongoing research activities and screening infrastructure.
Published: Mar 16th, 2016
University of Florida pharmacy researchers have identified novel drug targets and a new screening method for drugs affecting the signaling pathways in colorectal cancer.
Published: Jan 20th, 2016
Yousong Ding, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, was one of 56 scientists and engineers selected to receive a grant award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.