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

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Diversity in Action

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

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

Hendrik Luesch

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.


Department news

seminar series and guest speakers

fast facts | FISCAL year 2022-23

$8.2 million in research awards

95 Publications

12 Faculty in Ph.D. Program

29 Ph.D. students

13 Postdoctoral fellows

23 New U.S. Patents Filed

5 New U.S Patents Issued

6 New Licenses / Options

Graduate Spotlight


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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