The mission of the department of Medicinal Chemistry is to conduct basic and translational research in chemistry and biochemistry as it relates to drug discovery, to teach these principles in the professional and graduate programs and provide service to the scientific community and public.

The department focuses on all aspects of drug design, discovery and development with a unique blend of the physical and biological sciences. The depth and scope of the field offers entering graduate students with many different science backgrounds a rewarding and challenging program of study.

UF’s Preeminence initiative in drug discovery and development has supported an expansion of the department in focus research areas such as natural products, cancer, anti-infectives, drug abuse and pain research.