Blake R. Peterson

School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Primary office:
Shankel Structural Biology Center
Room 1045
University of Kansas
2034 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047


Distinguished Professor Blake Peterson earned a a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1995-1998, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar in 2003, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar in 2003. He was elected as a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013.


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

B.S., Chemistry (with distinction), University of Nevada, Reno


The Peterson laboratory in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Kansas pursues interdisciplinary research in the fields of bioorganic / medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. We create and study anticancer agents, antiviral agents, molecular probes, tools for target identification, and systems for drug delivery. Expertise includes synthesis of steroids, lipids, nucleosides, peptides, heterocycles, fluorophores, and protein conjugates, and evaluation of these agents in biochemical assays, whole cells, and animal models.

Research Interests

  • Organic synthesis
  • Chemical biology
  • Anticancer agents
  • Drug delivery systems

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