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College of Pharmacy
School of Basic Pharmaceutical and Toxicological Sciences

Medicinal Chemistry

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.

Required Courses

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 5052 Seminar
Pharmacy 5069 Concepts in Drug Design
Pharmacy 5099 OR Pharmacy 6099 Thesis Research/Dissertation Research

Faculty with interests in Medicinal Chemistry:

Dr. Ronald Hill, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Khalid El Sayed, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Seetharama Jois, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry