Barbara N. Timmermann

School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
University Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Malott Hall
Room 4004
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582


Distinguished Professor Barbara Timmermann joined the School of Pharmacy in August of 2005. She served as chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry from August 2005 to December 2012. She came to KU after an academic career of close to 25 years at the University of Arizona, where she attained the title of Regents Professor. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001 and as a Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) in 2014.


Ph.D., Botany (Phytochemistry), University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Botany (Phytochemistry), University of Texas at Austin

B.S., Biological Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

Research Interests

  • Natural products chemistry
  • Bioprospecting for drug lead discovery

Selected Awards & Honors

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
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