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.

Department news

Kratom tea study stirs up new support for…

UF researchers found kratom delivered significant pain-relieving benefits, reduced opioid withdrawal symptoms and caused minimal respiratory…


Drs. Zhou and Zheng receive outstanding…

This paper was highlighted by Cancer Discovery, one of the top journals in cancer research.

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Three medicinal chemistry graduate students…

The Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program at the University of Florida was established in spring 2020.

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seminar series and guest speakers

CNPD3 Seminar Series Fall 2020 Lecturer | Dr…

October 21st, 2020, 10-11AM, via Zoom Dr. Colby’s presentation is titled “New Methods for the Synthesis of Fluorinated Organic Molecules”

CNPD3 Seminar Fall 2020 Lecturer Dr. David Colby

CNPD3 Seminar Series Spring 2020 Lecturer | Dr…

February 19th, 2020, 10-11AM, in Communicore C1-17 Dr. Scott’s presentation is titled “Understanding Cytochrome P450 17A1 for Prostate Cancer…

CNPD3 Seminar Series Spring 2020 Lecturer | Dr…

February 11th, 2020, 10-11AM, in Communicore C1-17 Dr. Hecht’s presentation is titled ” Environment and Tobacco Carcinogens and Toxicants…


fast facts | academic year 2019-20

$4.7 million in research awards

106 Publications

5 Issued patents

30 Ph.D. students

12 Postdoctoral fellows

10 Faculty in Ph.D. program

Our faculty, staff & students


Graduate Spotlight

Spring 2017 Graduate

Marci Smeltz, Ph.D.

Smeltz chose the UF College of Pharmacy for her graduate studies because of the diverse research interests that the college offers. She studied drug metabolism to assist doctors and pharmacists know if a drug will be effective for patients.

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College news

Kratom tea study stirs up new support for relieving opioid dependence

The sixth annual Crisafi Challenge raises over $130,000 for student scholarships

Graduate student Raj Desai featured as spotlight poster at ICPE; UF faculty and students fulfill leadership roles

Five Pharm.D. students appointed to national ASHP advisory groups