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 NUB at the College of Pharmacy unless otherwise stated. Select a semester from the drop-down menu below to browse the schedule.

View a list of all MedChem seminars

January 9, 2020
10:00am
2548 NUB
Vikram P. Shenoy
PhD Candidate, Oral Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

A Proteomic Approach to Identification of Prodrug-Activating Serine Hydrolases: Activation of Valacyclovir

Faculty Host: Gordon Amidon
January 13, 2020
2:00pm
NCRC Building 10, Room G065
Maria V. Fawaz
PhD Candidate, Oral Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Apolipoprotein A-I Mimetics for the Treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease

Faculty Host: Anna Schwendeman ( annaschw@umich.edu ) 763-4056
January 16, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Jake Hitchens
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Exploration of Novel, CNS Penetrant Inhibitors of T. Gondii Cathepsin L

Faculty Host: Andy White ( whitandd@umich.edu ) 647-7374
Speaker Abstract
January 28, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Rachel Torrez
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Structural and functional analysis of human DICER1

Faculty Host: Amanda Garner ( algarner@umich.edu ) 763-2654
Speaker Abstract
January 30, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Garrett Dow
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student seminar, title to be announced


February 11, 2020
10:00am
Rackham Graduate School, West Conference Room
Rachel Rowlands
PhD Candidate, Oral Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Expanding the Arsenal: Development of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase 5 Inhibitors Utilizing a Covalent Strategy

Faculty Host: Andy White ( whitandd@umich.edu ) 647-7374
February 13, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Robbie Hohlman
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar, title to be announced

Faculty Host: David Sherman ( davidhs@umich.edu ) 615-9907
February 18, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Yuning Shen
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar, title to be announced

Faculty Host: Tim Cernak ( tcernak@umich.edu ) 647-6793
February 27, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Glory Velazquez
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Third Year Student Seminar, title to be announced

Faculty Host: George Garcia ( gagarcia@umich.edu ) 764-2202
March 12, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Jeffrey Aube, PhD
Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Revisiting Old Problems in Infectious Disease and Organic Chemistry

Faculty Host: Tim Cernak ( tcernak@umich.edu ) 647-6793
Speaker Website
March 19, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Simone Brixius-Anderko, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Understanding Aldosterone Biosynthesis for Enhanced Treatment of Hypertension

Faculty Host: Amanda Garner ( algarner@umich.edu ) 763-2654
Speaker Website
March 26, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Sean Newmister, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan

TBA

Faculty Host: Amanda Garner ( algarner@umich.edu ) 763-2654
Speaker Website
April 2, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Alemayehu (Alex) Gorfe, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Making KRAS druggable: Membrane binding, allostery and drug design

Faculty Host: Heather Carlson ( carlsonh@umich.edu ) 615-6841
Speaker Website
April 9, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Yingfu Lin, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Total Synthesis with Retrosynthetic Algorithms

Faculty Host: Amanda Garner ( algarner@umich.edu ) 763-2654
Speaker Website
April 16, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Emily Dykhuizen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
College of Pharmacy, Purdue University

Targeting chromatin binding domains in cancer

Faculty Host: Amanda Garner ( algarner@umich.edu ) 763-2654
Speaker Website