Welcome to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry

The department’s strategic location within UF Health facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations and close interactions with clinicians, which catalyzes the translation from bench to bedside.

Our Department

Diversity in Action

We embrace diversity and cultivate biomedical researchers cognizant of the values of differences.

Group photo of all medicinal chemistry faculty and students

faculty videos

Lina Cui, Ph.D.

Dr. Cui’s lab in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy explores the biochemical activities of glycan processing enzymes and develops therapeutic and diagnostic molecules or tools for various types of cancer and age-related diseases (e.g. diabetes, neurodegeneration, etc).

Lina Cui

Yousong Ding, Ph.D.

In Dr. Ding’s laboratory in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, researchers are interested in combing the world for naturally occurring chemicals that have applications in health, agriculture and environment.

Yousong Ding

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D.

Dr. Hendrik Luesch explores the world’s oceans in search of natural compounds that treat cancer and other deadly diseases. In these uncharted waters, lies new chemistry, new biology and new cures just waiting to be revealed. Learn more here: A New Wave of Medicine

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Chengguo (Chris) Xing, Ph.D.

Dr. Xing’s research program attempts to understand tobacco carcinogenesis, build cancer risk, stratification and develop preventive interventions with the ultimate research goal of facilitating cancer prevention as a key pillar to support effective cancer management.

Xing

open faculty positions

Faculty

AI Assistant / Associate / Full Professor

The University of Florida Health colleges of Dentistry, Medicine-Gainesville, Medicine-Jacksonville, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine invite applications for faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate or full Professor rank in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the health sciences

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Assistant / Associate Professor

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level

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Research Assistant Professor

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3) at the University of Florida invites applications for one non-tenure-track faculty position for the Microbial Genomics and Synthetic Biology core

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Assistant Scientist

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3) at the University of Florida invites applications for one non-tenure-track faculty position for the Microbial Genomics and Synthetic Biology core

Department news

Dr. McCurdy among college’s new endowed professors

Endowed professorships are among the highest honors a college can bestow on a faculty member and are reserved for scholars of national and…

Chris McCurdy

Candice Butler wins 2021 Annual Employee…

Butler is an administrative assistant in the department of medicinal chemistry and was recognized at the college’s holiday party on Dec. 8.

Candice Butler

Discovery of dual-degrading compound could pave…

UF College of Pharmacy researchers Daohong Zhou, Guangrong Zheng and Yaxia Yuan developed a new compound that simultaneously attacks two key proteins…

Zheng and Zhou

seminar series and guest speakers

Invited Seminar Speaker | Dr. Comfort Boateng

January 20th, 2022, 10:00AM-11:00AM in Communicore, C1-07. Dr. Boateng’s presentation is titled “Development of Low-Efficacy Dopamine D4 Receptor…

Comfort Boateng

Invited Seminar Speaker | Dr. Steven Crossley

January 13th, 2022, 11:45AM-12:45PM in Communicore, C1-09. Dr. Crossley’s presentation is titled “Chemistry at the Biomedicine Interface…

Steven Crossley

Invited Seminar Speaker | Dr. Wai-Lung “Billy” Ng

January 10th, 2022, 9:30AM-10:30AM via Zoom. Dr. Ng’s presentation is titled “Drug Discovery for COVID-19”  

Wai Lung Ng

fast facts | academic year 2020-21

$5.2 million in research awards

95 Publications

26 New patents and patent applications

32 Ph.D. students

11 Postdoctoral fellows

10 Faculty in Ph.D. program

Graduate Spotlight

UF COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

One degree, five concentrations

Discover the UF pharmaceutical sciences graduate program and learn about our comprehensive and collaborative research training among the five departments.

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College news

UF researchers develop genetic score to improve pediatric cancer treatments

Morgan Carson-Marino accepted into ASPET Washington Fellows Program

Wendy Caba Piloto wins poster award at North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting

Lamba lab trainees win poster awards at UF Health Cancer Center Research Symposium