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.

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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 (CX) 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

Faculty

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

Faculty

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

Faculty

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

Department news

Dr. Hendrik Luesch and team awarded $8.8 million…

The research will focus on marine organisms with exceptional biosynthetic potential, employing genomic and chemical approaches.

Cyanobacteria

David Blanco and Alexis Smith selected for CBI…

David Blanco and Alexis Smith are graduate students in the department of medicinal chemistry.

Blanco and Smith

Drs. Chen, Cui and Ratnayake awarded promotion…

Cui was approved for tenure and promoted to associate professor, while Chen and Ratnayake were promoted to research associate professor.

Tenure and Promotion

seminar series and guest speakers

CNPD3 Seminar Series | Dr. Norberto Lopes

June 29th, 2022, 10AM-11AM via Zoom. Dr. Lopes presentation is titled “The Rational Search for Biologically Active Substances through Mass…

Dr. Noberto Lopes

CNPD3 Seminar Series | Dr. John Hackett

May 4th, 2022, 10AM-11AM in Communicore, C1-17. Dr. Hackett’s presentation is titled “Dynamics and Membrane Interactions of…

CNPD3 Speaker - John Hackett

CNPD3 Seminar Series | Dr. Richard Lee

April 6th, 2022, 10AM-11AM in Communicore, C1-17. Dr. Lee’s presentation is titled “Chemistry for Biology”

CNPD3 Seminar Richard Lee

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.

Rob Huigens Play Video

College news

UF College of Pharmacy researchers aim to improve health equity in diabetes care

Dr. Hui Shao awarded $2.8 million grant to improve enrollment in the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Dr. John Gums named interim dean of the UF College of Pharmacy

Dr. Hendrik Luesch and team awarded $8.8 million NIGMS grant to unlock limitations in natural product drug discovery research