Graduate studies in medicinal chemistry involve applying the knowledge of chemistry to research associated with therapeutically useful compounds. This research includes the design and synthesis of new classes of therapeutic agents, the chemical modifications of existing drugs leading to an improved therapeutic effect, the correlation of the chemical structure of a drug with its pharmacological activity, the development and improvement of techniques used in the analysis of therapeutic agents, and the study of how chemical properties affect drug distribution and metabolism.
A plan of study in medicinal chemistry would emphasize courses in chemistry (analytical, biological, medicinal, organic and physical) with support courses in natural products chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutics. Specific thesis or dissertation research projects would be dependent upon the mutual interest of the student and the major professor.
|Chemistry 4007 OR chemistry 5041 & 5042||Instrumental Analysis|
|Chemistry 5051 and 5052||Biochemistry|
|Pharmacy 4009||Medicinal Chemistry II|
|Pharmacy 5066 and 5068||Advanced Medicinal Analysis|
|Pharmacy 5000||Molecular Structure & Function of Proteins|
|Pharmacy 5031||Synthetic Medicinals|
|Pharmacy 5039||Special Topics|
|Pharmacy 5069||Concepts in Drug Design|
|Pharmacy 5099 OR Pharmacy 6099||Thesis Research/Dissertation Research|
Dr. Ronald Hill, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Khalid El Sayed, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Seetharama Jois, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry