Apurba Dutta

School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Malott Hall
Room 4001
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582

Associate Professor Apurba Dutta earned a Ph.D. from North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, India in 1989 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany from 1991-1992. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kansas from 1993-1994.


Ph.D., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, North-Eastern Hill University

M.S., Chemistry, North-Eastern Hill University

B.S., Chemistry, North-Eastern Hill University


Organic Synthetic (including combinatorial synthesis) and Medicinal Chemical studies of bioactive compounds of natural and non-natural origin.

Biological research targets include, Proteasome (anti-cancer), Sphingolipids (anti-cancer), Chitin synthase (anti-fungal), HIV (anti-viral), and Endotoxin (anti-sepsis / anti-bacterial).

The compound classes of interest include, nucleosides, amino acids / peptides, carbohydrate / carbohydrate mimics, alkaloids, lipopolyamines, and aza-heterocyclics

Selected Publications

Foster, A. C, Li, Y., Runyan, S., Dinh, T., Venadas, S., Chen, J., Pashikanti, S., Datta, A., Ehring, G., & Staubli, U. (2016). Activity of the enantiomers of erythro-3-hydroxyaspartate at glutamate transporters and NMDA receptors.

Selected Presentations

Datta, A. (07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015). A serine-derived second-generation chiron: Applications in the synthesis of drug-like molecular scaffolds. India Global Pharma Expo & Summit 2015 (IGPES-2015). Hyderabad, India

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