The Medicinal Chemistry Department seminars involve a mix of prominent researchers from both academic institutions and industry presenting research at the forefront of Medicinal Chemistry (broadly defined). They also include presentations from our own students (dissertation defenses & research seminars). The seminars are held on Thursday, weekly at 4:00pm in room 2548 of the 1100 North University Building (NUB - formerly known as CC Little) unless otherwise stated. Select a semester from the drop-down menu below to browse the schedule.

View a list of all MedChem seminars

January 8, 2019
2:00pm
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor
Roland Kersten, PhD
Post-Doctoral Associate, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

Genomics-guided discovery of peptide natural products in microbes and plants

Faculty Host: TIm Cernak ( tcernak@umich.edu ) 647-6793
Speaker Website Speaker Abstract
January 24, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Sean Tanzey
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar: Synthesis and Evaluation of Metal-Specific Chelating Radioligands

Faculty Host: Peter Scott ( pjhscott@umich.edu ) 615-1756
Speaker Abstract
February 7, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Maha Zidan, M.Sc.
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar: Targeting STAT3 Signaling as a Therapeutic Approach for Cancer Treatment

Faculty Host: Nouri Neamati ( neamati@umich.edu )
Speaker Abstract
February 21, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Atsunori Kaneshige
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar: Development of Small-Molecule STAT6 Degraders

Faculty Host: Shaomeng Wang ( shaomeng@umich.edu ) 615-0362
Speaker Abstract
March 5, 2019
10:00am
Rackham West Conference Room, 4th Floor
Lindsey R. Drake
PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

PET Imaging of Novel Biomarkers of Neuroinflammation

Faculty Host: Peter JH Scott ( pjhscott@umich.edu ) 615-1756
Speaker Abstract
March 14, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Tomi K. Sawyer, PhD
Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Chemistry Modalities & Peptide Drug Hunter
Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, MA

Macrocyclic Peptide Antagonists of MDM2 and MDMX: Drug Design and Cell Permeability

Faculty Host: Henry I. Mosberg ( him@umich.edu ) 764-8117
Speaker Website
March 21, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Alison Narayan, PhD
William R. Roush Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor, and Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, and Life Sciences Institute; University of Michigan

Biocatalysis and complex molecule synthesis

Faculty Host: Heather Carlson ( carlsonh@umich.edu ) 615-6841
Speaker Website
March 25, 2019
4:00pm
1544 NUB
Jeonghyo Lee
PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Chiral phosphoric acid catalyzed regioselective functionalization of carbohydrates

Faculty Host: Pavel Nagorny ( nagorny@umich.edu ) 615-2833
April 4, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Michelle James, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) University, School of Medicine

Developing Novel PET Tracers for Imaging Neuroimmune Interactions in CNS diseases


Speaker Website
April 11, 2019
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Bradley S. Moore, PhD
Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Connecting genes to chemistry to empower small molecule discovery

Faculty Host: David H. Sherman ( davidhs@umich.edu ) 615-9907
Speaker Website