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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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

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

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

Department news

Dr. Oliver Grundmann and Brian Cicali accepted…

Grundmann and Cicali were among five individuals accepted to the program based on their outstanding accomplishments among the clinical pharmacology…

Oliver Grundmann and Brian Cicali

Dr. Hendrik Luesch wins UF Innovation of the Year…

Hendrik Luesch’s discovery and complete chemical and pharmacological characterization of a novel marine natural product that can potentially fight…

Luesch - UF Innovate

Dr. Chris McCurdy presents at World Health…

McCurdy delivered a five-minute presentation before the ECDD that outlined kratom’s history, its chemistry and pharmacology as well as its abuse…

Chris McCurdy

seminar series and guest speakers

CNPD3 Seminar Series Fall 2021 Lecturer | Dr. Tom…

December 15th, 2021, 10AM-11AM via Zoom. Dr. Prisinzano’s presentation is titled “Design and Synthesis of an Improved Synthetic Opioid Rescue…

CNPD3 Speaker Thomas Prisinzano

CNPD3 Seminar Series Fall 2021 Lecturer | Dr. Fan…

December 1st, 2021, 10AM-11AM in Communicore Dr. Zhang’s presentation is titled “Nanomedicine-based Approaches to Address Immune Suppression and…

Dr. Fan Zhang PC

CNPD3 Seminar Series Fall 2021 Lecturer | Dr…

November 17th, 2021, 10AM-11AM, via Zoom Dr. Amata’s presentation is titled “Synthesis and Preclinical Evaluation of Sigma Receptor Ligands for…

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 College of Pharmacy thanks supporters who gave in memory of Dr. Hartmut Derendorf

Dr. Oliver Grundmann and Brian Cicali accepted into ACCP Leadership Development Program

Ronald Levinson and Njeri Foster elected as APhA-ASP regional officers

Teaching Service Award winners announced for 2020-21