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

Targeting VirF, the Master Transcriptional Activator of Virulence in Shigella flexneri, as a novel route to treat Shigellosis

Faculty Host: George A. Garcia ( gagarcia@umich.edu ) 764.2202
Speaker Abstract
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

Exploration of Stig Cyclases as Biocatalytic Tools for Unnatural Indole Alkaloid Production

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

Novel Transformation Development of Acid–Amine Coupling Facilitated by Ultra-high Throughput Experimentation

Faculty Host: Tim Cernak ( tcernak@umich.edu ) 647-6793
Speaker Abstract
February 25, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Peter L. Toogood, PhD
Michigan Drug Discovery (MDD) Director, Life Sciences Institute; and Adjunct Professor of Medicinal Chemistry College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan

Small Molecule Immuno-Oncology Therapeutic Agents: RORγ Agonists for Treating Cancer

Faculty Host: Scott Larsen ( sdlarsen@umich.edu )
February 27, 2020
4:00pm
2548 NUB
Glory Velazquez
PhD Candidate, MedChem Student Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Antibiotic Discovery of Inhibitors of the CarD-RNA Polymerase Protein-Protein Interaction in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Faculty Host: George Garcia ( gagarcia@umich.edu ) 764-2202
Speaker Abstract
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
May 13, 2020
2:00pm
BLUEJEANS.COM/ 287068993
Shuai Hu
PhD Candidate, Oral Dissertation Defense Seminar
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Discovery and Mechanistic Studies of Novel Redox Modulators for Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Faculty Host: Nouri Neamati, PhD ( neamati@med.umich.edu )
Speaker Abstract