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The Mathias P. Mertes Memorial Lecture

Mertes Memorial Lecturer for 2019

2019 - Ruth Wexler

The 2019 Mertes Memorial Lecturer will be Ruth Wexler, Executive Director of Discovery Chemistry Cardiovascular and Chemotype Discovery Optimization at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Jersey. Wexler received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors, with a minor in biology, from Boston University in 1977, and her doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 under the direction of Professor Amos B. Smith III. Wexler started her career at the DuPont Company, as a research chemist in the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Biomedical Products Division. While at the DuPont Experimental Station she was promoted to positions of increasing leadership responsibility and in 1998 was promoted to Executive Director. In 2001, she joined the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as Executive Director, Discovery Chemistry, (post-acquisition of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company) and in the fall of 2002, she moved to Hopewell site in New Jersey where she currently heads the medicinal chemistry efforts directed at cardiovascular diseases.

2017 - Peter G. Schultz

CEO and Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
"Playing with the Molecules of Life"

Professor Michael Wolfe and graduate student Angelo Andres presented Dr. Schultz a certificate

Professor Michael Wolfe and graduate student Angelo Andres presented Dr. Schultz with a certificate commemorating his selection as the 2017 Mertes Memorial Lecturer.

2015 - Philip S. Low

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
"Ligand-targeted Therapeutic and Imaging Agents for Cancer, Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases"

2013 - Kevan Shokat

University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
"New Strategies for Treating Parkinson's Disease and Lung Cancer: Activators of the PINK1 Kinase and Inibitors of K-Ras"

Professor and chair Tom Prisinzano and graduate student Matthew Meinig presented Dr. Shokat with a certificate commemorating his selection as the 2013 Mertes Memorial Lecturer.

2011 - Jon Clardy

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
"Bacterial Communications and the Discovery of New Biologically Active Molecules

Dr. Jon Clardy

Distinguished Professor and Chair Barbara Timmermann and graduate student Matthew Meinig presented Dr. Clardy with a certificate commemorating his selection as the 2011 Mertes Memorial Lecturer.

2009 - Arun Ghosh

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
"Harnessing the Power of Organic Synthesis to Address the Challenges to Today's Medicine"

2007 - Gregory C. Fu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
"Asymmetric Catalysis with Planar-Chiral Heterocycles"

2005 - Justin Du Bois

Stanford University, San Francisco, CA
"Drawing Inspiration for Reaction Design from Nature's Products"

2003 - Marvin Miller

Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN
"Design, Syntheses, and Studies of New Antimicrobial Agents and Microbe-Targeted Drug Delivery Systems"

2001 - Paul A. Wender

Stanford University, San Francisco, CA
"The Chemistry-Medicine Continuum: New Reactions, New Therapeutic Leads, and New Drug Delivery Systems"

1999 - Samuel H. Gellman

University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI
"Heteropolymer Folding: Proteins and Beyond"

1997 - George R. Petit

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
"The Discovery of Marine and Terrestrial Anticancer Drugs"

1996 - Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen

The Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark
"GABA-A and GABA-B Receptor Ligands: Chemistry, Molecular Pharmacology, and Therapeutic Aspects"
"Excitatory Amino Acid Receptor Ligands: Design, Subtype Specificity, and Therapeutic Prospects"


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