Department News

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

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

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

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.

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

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

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

Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

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

Asst Prof Mike Guttman

Med Chem’s Mike Guttman Receives Royalty Research Fund Award

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

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

Dennis Goulet

Dennis Goulet receives first Scott Grimm Memorial Scholarship

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

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

Amy Li awarded ARCS Fellowship

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

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

Influenza invades

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Pelletier

Pelletier wins AFPE Fellowship renewal

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

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie announces retirement from UWSOP

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

Rheem Totah, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UWSOP

Totah and CHRU collaborate to find novel treatments for cardiovascular disease

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

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

Award season comes to UWSOP!

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

Kelly Hines

Kelly Hines Named USP Global Fellow

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

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)

Rettie Seeds the Future of Precision Medicine

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

new students

Med Chem Welcomes 2015 Students

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

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

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

Dennis Goulet

Med Chem Student Interns with Janssen Pharmaceuticals

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

Graduate student Mavis Li

Med Chem Student Receives Barnes Fellowship

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

Med Chem P450 Conference Attendees

Med Chem Group Attends P450 Conference in Japan

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

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

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

Scenes from Commencement 2015

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

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

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

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

Robert Pelletier

Pelletier Wins AFPE Award to Study Acetaminophen Toxicity

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

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,

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

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

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

Dean Emeritus Baillie

Dean Emeritus Baillie Is Top Cited Researcher

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Ryan Seguin is Magnuson Scholar 2014-2015

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

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

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

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

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,”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Alain Huitric

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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