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KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry

KU MedChem offers developing scientists an opportunity to study alongside world-class faculty researchers.

About KU MedChem

Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry

The KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry provides Ph.D. students a strong foundation in organic and medicinal chemistry with flexibility for additional emphasis in aspects of biochemistry, pharmacology and other biological sciences.

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M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry

The Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Medicinal Chemistry provides advanced training in synthetic organic chemistry, chemical biology, and scientific writing.

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KU Medicinal Chemistry

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Our Research

Our diverse faculty cover and unusually broad range of scientific interests, including synthetic and medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and peptide chemistry, and natural products chemistry.
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Mertes Lecture Series

The Mathias P. Mertes Memorial Lecture Series was created to memorialize Professor and former Department of Medicinal Chemistry Chair Mathias P. Mertes and his dedication to excellence in research and scholarship through a student-initiated lecture series.
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Smissman Lecture Series

The Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lecture Series in Medicinal Chemistry was established in 2004 to honor and preserve the influence and tradition of Professor and former Department of Medicinal Chemistry Chair Edward E. Smissman and his wife Clare Smissman.



KU MedChem News

Jacob R. Immel - 1st Place Winner, Doctoral Student in Medicinal Chemistry: Building Peptide Drugs with Unnatural Amino Acids

The Three Minute Thesis Competition is a global research communication event with a compelling challenge: How well can graduate students convey the scope of their research to a general audience in three minutes or less?

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Robert Hanzlik, Professor Emeritus, looks back on 49 years of teaching and researching at the University of Kansas.

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The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to medicinal chemistry and computational biology researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Chicago focused on addressing a long-unresolved problem in biomedical research — finding molecules able to target the “undruggable proteome.”