The Royal Society of Chemistry has appointed Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development, to the editorial board of the journal Natural Product Reports.
Natural Product Reports is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal for publication of reviews in all areas of natural products chemistry, including biosynthesis, chemical biology, pharmacology and organic synthesis. Its impact factor is 11.014, currently the highest impact factor journal in the Journal Citation Reports categories for both organic and medicinal chemistry.
As a board member, Luesch will help shape the strategy, standards, scope and future themed issues. “Natural products have regained momentum in drug discovery by leveraging technology breakthroughs and effectively linking novel chemistry with meaningful biology,” he said. “I will provide my input especially through the lens of bioactivity and potential pharmaceutical application.”
Luesch and the UF College of Pharmacy’s Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development, or CNPD3, use natural products as starting point for the design and selection of preclinical and clinical candidates.