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About KU Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry offers developing scientists an opportunity to study alongside world-class faculty researchers. Our diverse faculty cover and unusually broad range of scientific interests, including synthetic and medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and peptide chemistry, and natural products chemistry.

Additional Specific Areas of Research

  • Enzyme inhibition
  • Discovery and isolation of novel antitumor antibiotic, and antiviral molecules
  • Combinatorial chemistry
  • Drug metabolism and toxicology
  • Computer-aided drug design
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chemical biology
  • Stereochemistry and its relation to biological problems
  • Peptide structure and function
  • Cellular targeting
  • Amino acid chemistry
  • Neurochemistry


We currently offer the following degrees:

Mentorship and Collaboration

Anchored in a strong sense of camaraderie and shared interests, the department is strengthened further by its proximity to the other departments of the KU School of Pharmacy, including the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. We also share a close working relationship with the departments of chemistry, and molecular biosciences. Research collaborations and common graduate courses eliminate barriers and create a thriving scientific community.

Student Success

In addition to our world-class researchers, the success of our graduates contributes to the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry’s international reputation of excellence. Our graduates work in pharmaceutical and agrichemical industries such as Eli Lilly, Abbott, Warner-Lambert and Pfizer. They are professors and department chairs at research institutions such as University of California at San Francisco, Boston University, The University of Minnesota and The Ohio State and editors of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.