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Welcome to Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry is a discipline with a traditional focus on organic synthetic chemistry with the broad goals of drug discovery and optimization. The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, since its inception in 1980, has always departed somewhat from this tradition given the focus of many of its faculty on the research areas of mechanistic drug metabolism, toxicology and bioanalytical chemistry. In recent years research activities in the Department have been broadened further by the addition of several faculty members with expertise in the areas of biological mass spectrometry and biophysical virology.

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Nick Au on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

Nick AuMed Chem student Nick Au (Allan Rettie lab) was recently part of a team of UW graduate students who won a "Best Innovation Idea" prize in the 16th annual UW Business Plan Competition. The team is developing a "smart" polymer contact lens as an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes.

The UW Business Plan Competition is produced by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business. They awarded $68,220 in seed funding to winners of the 2013 competition.

Nick, congratulations on your win!

 

Bill Atkins and the Legacy of Sid Nelson

bill2011Dr. William Atkins has been named the first Sid Nelson Endowed Professor in Medicinal Chemistry. Bill joined the Med Chem faculty in 1991. His research focuses on the biochemical nature of detoxification enzymes and on drug metabolism, with emphasis on biophysical mechanisms. He has been awarded several NIH grants for his research on enzyme systems. His lab also focuses on characterization of nanoparticles for drug delivery and targeted therapy.

“I am honored to receive this professorship, which is really a tribute to Sid’s life and work,” said Bill with typical modesty. “I hope our work in the lab will be a credit to his legacy.”

Sid Nelson was Dean Emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, and a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry. He passed away suddenly in December 2011. The Sid Nelson Memorial Fund, an expression of both grief and regard for Sid, was built with contributions from family, friends, colleagues, together with donations from private industry. The memorial fund later became the Nelson Endowed Professorship; Bill, who was a colleague and co-author with Sid over the years, is its inaugural recipient.

Allan Rettie, Professor and Chairman of Medicinal Chemistry, said: “This is the first named Professorship in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. That’s an exciting development for us, and Bill is a most worthy recipient.”

School of Pharmacy Dean Tom Baillie said of Bill, “He possesses the devotion to research and education that were the hallmarks of Sid’s career.”

That’s high praise indeed, and we, his colleagues in Med Chem, couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Bill!

 

Medicinal Chemistry Hosts International P450 Conference

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is excited to host the "18th International Conference on Cytochrome P450s: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structure," to be held at the UW from June 18-22, 2013.  This biennial conference has been bringing Cytochrome P450 scientists together in interesting locations for over three decades.

The series was established in 1976 as a means of facilitating contacts between scientists in this area working in Eastern Bloc and Western countries, but has developed into a timely international series with meetings rotating among Europe, Asia, and North America. "It is an honor to host this meeting," said Bill Atkins, chairman of this year's conference. "It reflects the Department's long-standing contributions to the Cytochrome P450 field."

Please visit the conference web site for additional information.

 


Med Chem Professor Wins MLK Volunteer Award

Carlos cookies

Carlos is camera-shy, but Nanci Murphy makes great cookies!

Dr. Carlos Catalano, Professor in Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded a Volunteer Recognition Award during the Health Sciences Center's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 17 in the HSB lobby. The award winners are named by the UW Health Sciences deans.

Among other community commitments, Dr. Catalano has been instrumental in facilitating the Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program, which provides research opportunities for talented undergraduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.  He also serves as faculty adviser for UW's chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Started in 2007 with just five members, SACNAS at UW won Chapter of the Year in 2011 and hosted the national conference in 2012. Dr. Catalano says his role as adviser is mostly to "stay out of the way," but we know better.

Congratulations, Carlos, and thanks for your dedication to our students!


School of Pharmacy Welcomes 2012-2013 Students

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Med Chem welcomes:
Bottom row L-R: Michelle Redhair and Robert Pelletier. 
Top row L-R:  James Williams and Aaron Teitelbaum. 
Not pictured: Michael Wilson

On September 21, Department Chairs Allan Rettie (Medicinal Chemistry) and Ken Thummel (Pharmaceutics) joined Dean Tom Baillie in welcoming new graduate students and postdocs to the School of Pharmacy for the 2012 academic year.

Joining the school this year are: Robert Pelletier, Michelle Redhair, and James Williams (Medicinal Chemistry); and Alenka Jaklic, Jing Jing, Vineet Kumar, Michael Liao, David Plotnik, and Eli Weber (Pharmaceutics). In addition, Med Chem welcomes Aaron Teitelbaum, Research Associate in the Totah lab, and Michael Wilson, Research Consultant in the Goodlett lab. Others who have kind of slipped in among us over the past few months are Yu Liang (Lee lab) and Yue Huang (Goodlett lab). And, Moon Young Yoon (Atkins lab), who was our lone Visiting Scholar, now has company in that category. Welcome to Eric Chan, Karl Kallan, and Anne Margrete Øyan, who will be associated with some of the Goodlett lab projects.

A warm welcome, support, and best wishes to our new students! Welcome back, current students! And welcome to the circus, postdocs and staff!
 

 

 

 

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Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Washington
HSB H-172, Box 357610
Seattle, Washington 98195
Phone: (206) 543-2224
Fax: (206) 685-3252
E-mail: medchem@uw.edu

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What Research Opportunities Exist? The faculty in Medicinal Chemistry offer diverse opportunities for study and research at the interface between chemistry and biology with emphasis on issues of biomedical importance. These include the role of phase I and II biotransformation processes in toxification and detoxification reactions, the metabolic consequences of phenotypic and genotypic diversity in the population, drug metabolism and enzyme kinetics, drug/drug and drug/herbal interactions, protein engineering, mechanisms of pathogen resistance, molecular modeling of peptides and proteins and vaccine development - to name but a few. In addition to specialized training acquired during their medicinal chemistry thesis work, graduates acquire a broad foundation in biochemistry, pharmacology and molecular biology which is important in the rapidly evolving, multidisciplinary biomedical arena.
Our Mission The goal of graduate program training in Medicinal Chemistry is to prepare highly trained, versatile individuals for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences; we are proud of our record of outstanding graduate students who now enjoy fruitful careers in academia, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as with government and other regulatory agencies. If you are interested further in our Doctoral Program, please surf around our newly-designed web site and feel free to contact us directly if you require any additional information.
What is Medicinal Chemistry? Medicinal Chemistry is a discipline with a traditional focus on organic synthetic chemistry with the broad goals of drug discovery and optimization. The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, since its inception in 1980, has always departed somewhat from this tradition given the focus of many of its faculty on the research areas of mechanistic drug metabolism, toxicology and bioanalytical chemistry. In recent years research activities in the Department have been broadened further by the addition of several faculty members with expertise in the areas of biological mass spectrometry and biophysical virology.
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