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

Decrypting Defenses

Smithsonian research into cyanobacteria’s powerful chemical compounds yields benefits for humans as well as reef habitats.

Dr. Luesch in Florida Keys

Virtual awards ceremony celebrates student…

The department of medicinal chemistry virtually held its fourth annual student award ceremony, “Celebrating Student Excellence,” on July 9. The…

Peilan Zhang Top graduating student

Dr. Hendrik Luesch’s largazole study featured…

The study examined the marine natural product largazole as a treatment option for brain diseases is featured on the July 2020 ACS Chemical…

Luesch - ACS Cover

seminar series and guest speakers

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…


CNPD3 Seminar Series Spring 2020 Lecturer | Dr…

January 29th, 2020, 10 – 11AM, in Communicore C1-07 Dr. Li’s presentation is titled “Not your father’s Benzos: a2/3-selective GABAa PAMs as…


fast facts | academic year 2018-19

$4.5 million in research awards

66 Publications

5 Issued patents

26 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.

Graduate student examines a round bottom flask Play Video

College news

For UF researchers, pausing and resuming work has brought major challenges, sparked innovation

Dr. Josh Brown answers BuzzFeed’s generic drug questions

UF researchers awarded $3.5 million grant to study outcomes using genetic information to guide blood thinning therapy

PCAT requirement waived for 2020-21 admissions cycle