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September 18, 2019

Promoted UWSOP faculty tackling tough problems facing population health with novel approaches

Recently promoted faculty are finding news ways to solve significant population health problems from Alzheimer’s and related dementias to kidney…


September 12, 2019

Using Genetics to Decode Warfarin

Genome Sequencers

The potential impact of personalized medicine launched here at UW School of Pharmacy about twenty years ago, when Dave Veenstra’s…


Small Molecules, Big Health Solutions

Bill Howald (pictured center) in the Mass Spec lab with then graduate student Shimako Oishi and former Dean Sid Nelson.

The story of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry is of a multi-generational approach to solving big problems in population health….


September 10, 2019

The Future of Pharmacy

Celebrating 125 Years of Impact & Innovation Our mission is to develop exceptional pharmacy leaders and researchers, discover solutions to…


July 22, 2019

Nina Isoherranen named Chair of Pharmaceutics Department

On July 1, 2019, UW School of Pharmacy Professor and Dean Sean D. Sullivan appointed Professor Nina Isoherranen to the…


July 17, 2019

Ken Thummel returns to faculty after 13 years of success as Chair

After thirteen years leading the Department of Pharmaceutics to international success, Professor Kenneth Thummel will return to faculty full time…


June 19, 2019

Nath Faculty Innovation Award leads to student publications

Abhi Nath, '08, and Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Eleanor Vane discuss research

In 2018, Abhi Nath, ’08, was named recipient one of that year’s UWSOP Faculty Innovation Awards. The awards provide financial support…


Goulet and Maldonato presented UWSOP Med Chem graduate student awards

Congratulations to UWSOP Outstanding Dissertation Award winner Dennis Goulet, Medicinal Chemistry, and Graduate Student Leadership Award for Medicinal Chemistry, Benjamin Maldonato. The…


June 18, 2019

Allan Rettie named 2019 UWSOP Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor

2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor: Allan Rettie, Medicinal Chemistry

Professor Allan Rettie, Medicinal Chemistry, was nominated for and selected at the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor by colleagues and…


June 17, 2019

Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program brings undergrad students to UWSOP

Sierra Napoleon, a junior from Louisiana Tech University, will take part in the 2019 UWSOP Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program

In summer 2019, we welcome two undergraduate student scientists taking part in the Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program. Sierra Napoleon,…


June 7, 2019

UWSOP at ISSX 2019 in Portland

Don’t miss out on these UWSOP alumni and faculty presenting at ISSX! This meeting will also mark the last meeting…


May 6, 2019

Brain cholesterol, SLOS, & autism

From left to right: Libin Xu with Acting Instructor Hideaki Tomita and MedChem PhD student Amy Li.

The UW Medicinal Chemist studied neural chemistry and biology to understand the underlying mechanism that cause birth defects, behavioral problems,…


Kidney on a Chip has gone to outer space..and returned to Earth!

AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!

What did it take to send delicate kidney cells into space to be studied by astronauts wearing big, clunky gloves…


April 23, 2019

Henderson wins poster award at national AsPET Conference

Congratulations to PharmD and Pharmaceutics PhD student Lindsay Henderson who received the 2nd place graduate student poster presentation award for…


5/3 UPDATE: 5/3 11:48 PM PDT launch for Kidney on a Chip project to the International Space Station!

PHOTO DATE: July 06, 2018 LOCATION: Bldg. 2 Lobby SUBJECT: NIH Tissue Chip. PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh Valcarcel

Updated May 3, 11:29 am Pacific: NASA has pushed back the launch to Friday, May 3 at 11:48 PM Pacific…


January 22, 2019

Nath lab makes progress against neurodegenerative conditions

Hope Barnes Fellow and graduate student Hannah Baughman continues to discover more about molecular chaperones and their potential in treating Alzheimers

We revisited Abhi Nath and his lab team to see how their their work to improve the diagnosis and treatments…


January 12, 2019

Werth and Xu awarded $1.86M NIH grant to continue MRSA investigation

Pharmacy’s Brian Werth and grant coinvestigator UWSOP Medicinal Chemistry’s Libin Xu will continue their novel research into antibiotic resistance mechanisms…


November 20, 2018

Werth receives prestigious Young Investigator Award from SIDP

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Brian Werth who received this year’s Young Investigator Award from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacist…


September 12, 2018

UW ranks 4th world wide for pharmacology and toxicology

The UW ranks 4th worldwide in Pharmacology and Toxicology, a subject that includes pharmacy, pharmacology, substance abuse, and toxicology, according…


June 12, 2018

Baughman investigates a natural defense against Alzheimer’s

Hannah Baughman is a PhD student in Medicinal Chemistry, shown here working in the Nath Lab

Hannah Baughman, graduate student in Abhi Nath’s lab, is first author on an article looking at molecular chaperones, which may…


April 27, 2018

Wienkers is keynote speaker at June 2018 AAPS-RMDG meeting at UW

Keynote speaker Larry Wienkers is also a UWSOP Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

Abstracts are due Friday, May 18, 2018 The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists – Rocky Mountain Discussion Group (AAPS-RMDG) Annual…


April 6, 2018

Medchem Chair Kent Kunze Retires

It’s bittersweet to announce that our long-time colleague, Dr. Kent Kunze, has stepped down as Departmental Chair and retired from…


February 6, 2018

Nath lab team takes aim at Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5 million Americans, a number projected to roughly triple by 2050. The urgency of this grave population…


January 10, 2018

Libin Xu and Brian Werth Receive Royalty Research Fund Award

Libin Xu, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, and Brian Werth, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, have received a Royalty Research Fund…


December 1, 2017

SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

Panel Discussion: “From Rigor to Rigor Mortis–Good Science, Bad Science, and Patient Care” Noon-1:20pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Health Sciences…


November 1, 2017

Xu Lab Awarded NSF Grant to Study Lipid Peroxidation

Lipid peroxidation is the process in which a reactive atom or group of atoms (free radicals) capture electrons from the…


October 2, 2017

Aliwarga invited to present at Gordon Research Conference

Theresa Aliwarga, a Medicinal Chemistry graduate student

Theresa Aliwarga, a Medicinal Chemistry graduate student and researcher in Rheem Totah’s lab, was invited to give a podium presentation of…


October 1, 2017

Remembering Bill Howald, UWSOP Mass Spec Director

Bill Howald (pictured center) in the Mass Spec lab with then graduate student Shimako Oishi and former Dean Sid Nelson.

William “Bill” Howald passed away August 14, 2017 in Salem, Oregon at the age of 76 after a brief illness….


July 5, 2017

Sager, Bounthavong, Seguin, Weber, & Shen receive inaugural UWSOP Graduate Program Awards

To recognize extraordinary excellence among our graduate students and faculty, UW School of Pharmacy established three new award programs in…


May 30, 2017

Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

“Celebrating Today, Planning Tomorrow” brought together a host of disciplines to discuss healthy aging Decades ago, geriatric pharmacy pioneers Joy…


May 24, 2017

A conversation at the College Inn leads to Faculty Innovation Award, possible breakthrough in combating MRSA

Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Professor Libin Xu (left), Pharmacy Assistant Professor Brian Werth (right), are pictured in conversation with Medicinal Chemistry’s Senior Fellow, Kelly Hines (center). Their research earned them the inaugural award from the UWSOP Faculty Innovation Fund, which provides financial support for one to two awards of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects.

There is a rich tradition of stories that begin with…“we were sitting in a bar talking, when we got this…


Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

Pharmaceutics Professor Shiu-Lok Hu and Kelly Lee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutics Professor Shiu-Lok Hu and Kelly Lee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, received funding for research to create a vaccine…


April 4, 2017

Med Chem’s Mike Guttman Receives Royalty Research Fund Award

Asst Prof Mike Guttman

The Royalty Research fund (RRF) is sponsored by UW’s Office of Research to help faculty establish new research programs.  The…


April 3, 2017

Scott Grimm Scholar Dennis Goulet is named UWSOP’s Magnuson Scholar 2017-2018

Scott Grimm Scholar and Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Dennis Goulet (Bill Atkins lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson Scholarship…


January 24, 2017

Dennis Goulet receives first Scott Grimm Memorial Scholarship

Dennis Goulet

Scott W. Grimm was a long-time friend of Medicinal Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy.  A Corporate Advisory Board member…


October 31, 2016

Amy Li awarded ARCS Fellowship

UWSOP Medicinal Chemistry department chair Kent Kunze with ARCS Fellow Amy Li

  Congratulations to Medicinal Chemistry graduate student, Amy Li, who was recently awarded an ARCS Fellowship. The Seattle Chapter of ARCS…


October 26, 2016

Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

Busulfan is one of our oldest anticancer drugs. Today, it is often used to prepare a patient’s body for a…


May 26, 2016

Lee lab uses 3D electron microscopy to visualize influenza virus invasion

Influenza invades

For the first time, researchers have images showing how a virus pries its way past host membranes Three to five…


April 15, 2016

UW Symposium on Past Present and Future of ADME Sciences Dedicated to Deans Sid Nelson and Tom Baillie

(L to R): Juan Cantu, Dean Sid Nelson, Rene Levy, and Dean Tom Baillie

“Thanks to the strong academic programs in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, I…


February 24, 2016

Pelletier wins AFPE Fellowship renewal

Robert Pelletier

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education’s Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Science has been awarded again to Med Chem graduate student…


February 2, 2016

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie announces retirement from UWSOP

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie

Dr. Thomas Baillie, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Dean Emeritus for the UW School of Pharmacy, has announced that he…


January 25, 2016

Totah and CHRU collaborate to find novel treatments for cardiovascular disease

Rheem Totah, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UWSOP

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine bring population and basic science together for novel approach to drug research Heart…


January 21, 2016

Award season comes to UWSOP!

Don Downing is presented the Community Service award at the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Recognition Ceremony

It’s award season–not just for film, also for the UW School of Pharmacy! Many of our School’s faculty, students, post docs and…


December 16, 2015

Kelly Hines Named USP Global Fellow

Kelly Hines

Kelly M. Hines, Ph.D., senior fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry (Libin Xu lab), is one of three recipients…


October 12, 2015

Rettie Seeds the Future of Precision Medicine

The Rettie Lab team in the Mass Spectrometry Center. From L to R: MedChem grad students John Kowalski and Amanda Johnson, Professor Allan Rettie, and Senior Fellow Sutapa Ray. (Missing: Matt McDonald, Research Scientist)

“It’s a micro-farm,” said Allan Rettie recently, talking of the home where he and his wife, Shannon, nurture a menagerie…


October 2, 2015

Med Chem Welcomes 2015 Students

new students

At a combined 2015 orientation event with the department of Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry chair Kent Kunze welcomed four new students…


September 23, 2015

2015 Summer Diversity Program Wraps

It was a summer of hard work and discovery for four undergrads who participated in the Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity…


September 21, 2015

Benhaim Appointed to Molecular Biophysics Training Program

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Mark Benhaim (Lee lab) has been accepted into the NIH-supported Molecular Biophysics Training Program.  His proposed…


August 27, 2015

Med Chem Student Interns with Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Dennis Goulet

Dennis Goulet (Atkins lab), graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry, is completing a summer internship with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Johnson…


August 14, 2015

Med Chem Student Receives Barnes Fellowship

Graduate student Mavis Li

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Mavis Li (Atkins lab) has received an award from the Hope Barnes Fellowship Fund. Hope Barnes…


August 7, 2015

Med Chem Group Attends P450 Conference in Japan

Med Chem P450 Conference Attendees

Cytochrome P450 enzymes are found in all living organisms and are essential in metabolizing a wide range of substances including…


July 30, 2015

Maldonato wins TL1 research grant

Ben Maldonato is busier than usual this summer. The Medicinal Chemistry grad student is one of the 2015 cohort of…


June 17, 2015

Scenes from Commencement 2015

Associate Dean Peggy Odegard presents Adrian Hughes with the Dean's Club Humanitarian Award

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a…


May 7, 2015

Lee lab pursues clues to HIV, flu in the moment of infection

Proteins attached to the HIV virus membrane attempt to fuse with host cells.

In a basement lab deep within the Magnuson Health Sciences Building, a group of scientists works to decode the mysteries…


May 1, 2015

Pelletier Wins AFPE Award to Study Acetaminophen Toxicity

Robert Pelletier

Robert Pelletier left a career in industry to pursue his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and follow his passion for teaching…


December 29, 2014

Dr. Libin Xu Joins Med Chem Faculty

LIBIN XU, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. He graduated with a B.Sc. from Nakai University,…


November 1, 2014

UW School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked #7 in the World

U.S. News & World Report debuted a new ranking called Best Global Universities last week. It measures the academic research…


October 29, 2014

Klarissa Hardy Receives Major NIH Grant

Congratulations to former UW School of Pharmacy Department of Medicinal Chemistry post-doctoral fellow, Klarissa Hardy, who received a $660,000 National…


October 15, 2014

North American ISSX Meeting will award two of our faculty.

Not one, but two of our faculty were selected to receive the only awards given by The International Society for…


July 14, 2014

Dean Emeritus Baillie Is Top Cited Researcher

Dean Emeritus Baillie

Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie was recognized as one of the topmost cited researchers in the area of Pharmacology & Toxicology….


June 26, 2014

UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

As a School of Pharmacy consistently in the Top 10 nationally, we’ve come to expect our students, faculty, and alumni…


May 14, 2014

Dr. Allan Rettie Steps Down as Chair

Dr. Allan Rettie has decided to step down as Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, effective June 13, 2014,…


April 22, 2014

AACP Honors Med Chem PhD Brendan Stamper

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently honored Dr. Brendan Stamper and his colleagues at the 2014 AACP…


April 21, 2014

Eric Evangelista Appointed to Clinical Research (TL1) Training Grant

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Grant is a year-long training experience funded by…


April 20, 2014

Nath Lab Welcomes New Student

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is pleased to announce that Hannah Baughman, a graduate student in the Biological Physics, Structure…


Brianne Raccor to Teach at Campbell University

Dr. Brianne Raccor, Senior Fellow in the Rheem Totah laboratory and a Elmer M. and Joy B. Plein Fellow, has…


April 19, 2014

Congratulations, Med Chem Class of 2014

Nick Au, Jean Dinh, and Eri Nakatani-Webster wait for their moment on the stage during graduation exercises at Meany Hall….


April 18, 2014

Med Chem Alumnus Appointed Dean at Campbell University

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is proud to congratulate alumnus Michael Adams, Ph.D. for his recent appointment as Dean of…


April 17, 2014

Ryan Seguin is Magnuson Scholar 2014-2015

Ryan Seguin, PhD, Medicinal Chemistry and UWSOP Graduate Award Recipient

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Ryan Seguin (Kent Kunze lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson Scholarship for 2014-2015. The University…


April 16, 2014

Klarissa Hardy Receives AACP Award

Former Medicinal Chemistry postdoctoral fellow Klarissa Hardy has received a 2014 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges…


April 15, 2014

Med Chem Welcomes New Faculty Member

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry welcomes Abhinav “Abhi” Nath, PhD, as its newest faculty member. Dr. Nath joins the department…


April 14, 2014

Bill Atkins and the Legacy of Sid Nelson

Dr. William Atkins has been named the first Sid Nelson Endowed Professor in Medicinal Chemistry. Bill joined the Med Chem…


Nick Au on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

Med Chem student Nick Au (Allan Rettie lab) was recently part of a team of UW graduate students who won…


April 13, 2014

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,”…


April 12, 2014

Med Chem Professor Wins MLK Volunteer Award

Carlos is camera-shy, but Nanci Murphy makes great cookies! Dr. Carlos Catalano, Professor in Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded a Volunteer…


May 23, 2013

Student on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

PharmD/PhD student in medicinal chemistry Nick Au was recently part of a team of UW grad students to take the…


May 2, 2013

Bill Atkins Named Inaugural Sid Nelson Endowed Professor

In a fitting tribute to our late colleague, mentor and friend, the School of Pharmacy is humbled to share that…


November 16, 2012

Leadership Award Given Posthumously to Sid Nelson

The Washington State Pharmacy Association has given its Distinguished Leadership Award to our late Dean Emeritus and Professor of Medicinal…


June 20, 2012

Dean Receives Award for Contributions to Chemistry

This August, School of Pharmacy Dean and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Thomas Baillie will receive the 2012 Founders’ Award from…


April 25, 2012

Kelly Lee Receives NIH Grant to Study Influenza Virus

The Lee lab, L-R: Long Gui, Mike Guttman, Natalie Garcia, and Tad Davenport, discuss membrane fusion at a recent conference…


March 30, 2012

Med Chem Student Named UW Magnuson Scholar

Eri Nakatani Awarded Magnuson Scholarship Med Chem graduate student Eri Nakatani (Carlos Catalano lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson…


March 5, 2012

Faculty Member’s Spin-Off Looks to Improve Mass Spectrometry

Last year, the director of the UW School of Pharmacy Mass Spectrometry Center, Dave Goodlett, developed a method to make…


December 12, 2011

Remembering Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson

Special Announcement: Sid Nelson Endowed Professorship Inaugural Recipient Announced May 6, 2013: Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Bill Atkins is the…


November 22, 2011

Group Works Toward Greater Diversity in the Sciences

The UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science has received the 2011…


August 3, 2011

Baillie Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Dean Thomas Baillie one of its 2011 fellows. This honor goes to distinguished…


March 22, 2011

Nelson Receives AACP Research Achievement Award

Sid Nelson, professor of medicinal chemistry and dean emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, has received the Volwiler Research Achievement…


April 22, 2010

Medicinal Chemistry Student Named 2010 Magnuson Scholar

John Chapman, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Pharmacy’s Goodlett Lab, is a 2010 Magnuson Scholar. This award is given…


December 3, 2009

William F. Trager, Ph.D: In Remembrance

By Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson Professor and Chair Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry William “Bill” Trager lost his short battle to…


August 18, 2009

Remembering Alain Huitric

Med Chem Prof Al Huitric

By Bill Trager Alain Huitric, professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry, passed away in late July at his home in Brittany,…


February 19, 2009

Faculty Contribute to International Drug Study

Faculty Contribute to International Drug Study (February 19, 2009) Read full study: Estimation of the Warfarin Dose with Clinical and…


October 16, 2008

CFD volunteer protects kitties through all nine lives

UW Showcases Volunteer Efforts of Med Chem Employee (October 16, 2008)   Link to Medicinal Chemistry archived news


December 13, 2007

Elmer Promotes Probiotics on ABC News

Elmer Promotes Probiotics on ABC News (December 13, 2007, interview on ABC News)   Link to Medicinal Chemistry archived news


December 3, 2007

UW School of Pharmacy Ph.D. Research Programs Rank #1

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences research programs are the best in the nation…


August 1, 2006

UW Hosts 30th National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy was honored to host the 30th National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium from June 25-29…


December 1, 2005

Professor Daggett Wins $2 Million INCITE Award to Further Research on Protein Folding

  Valerie Daggett, professor of medicinal chemistry at UW School of Pharmacy, has received one of three Innovative and Novel…


September 1, 2005

Rettie Receives Internationally Recognized ISSX Achievement Award

Allan Rettie, professor and chair of Medicinal Chemistry, has received the 2005 North American Scientific Achievement Award from the International…


August 2, 2005

UW Professors Identify Genetic Basis for Variation in Patient Response to Warfarin

Dr. Allan Rettie, professor and chair of medicinal chemistry in the UW School of Pharmacy, Dr. Mark Rieder, research assistant…