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, Argentina

Research Interests

  • Natural products chemistry
  • Bioprospecting for drug lead discovery

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Honored for significant accomplishments in Special issue of the Journal of Natural Products, March 2019.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH/NCCIH) National Advisory Council Member, 2018-2021
  • Fellow, American Society of Pharmacognosy, 2014
  • President, American Society of Pharmacognosy, 2011-2012
  • Honorary Member, American Society of Pharmacognosy, 2018
  • Inducted to Women's Hall of Fame, University of Kansas, 2014
  • Woman of Distinction, University of Kansas, August 2006
  • University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas, May 2005-present
  • Chair, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2005-2012
  • Director:
    • NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Center for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics (CCET), 2005-2012
    • NIH International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) Program, 1993-2005
    • NIH Botanical Research Center, Arizona Center for Phytomedicine Research, 2000-2005
    • NIH Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Project, 2000-2005
    • USAID University Development Linkages Program USA-Chile ,1993-2000
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Natural Products, 2002-present
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH/NCCAM), National Advisory Council Member, 2001-2005
  • Regents Professor, University of Arizona, February 2000
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), February 2000
  • Member, Executive and Scientific Advisory Committees: AAAS Western Hemisphere Cooperation Program, 1992-2002
  • Research Support as PI: National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Science Foundation (NSF); US Department of Agriculture (USDA); US Agency for International Development (USAID); The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Tinker Foundation; Arizona Disease Control Research Commission; Kansas Bioscience Authority; various pharmaceutical and chemical corporate grants totaling over $44 million to date.

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