Department News

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 of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects.

Abhi proposed to look at new ways to predict how the body metabolizes biologics, also known as “large-molecule” drugs or protein-based th... Read more...


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 UW School of Pharmacy Graduate Program Awards offer special recognition of our preeminent graduate students and faculty.
Outstanding Dissertation Award:  Den... Read more...


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 current and former students.
“Allan encouraged his students to critically analyze internally and externally generated data,” said one former graduate student. “When students started to ask interesting ... Read more...

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, a junior from Louisiana Tech University, who will receive her BS in Chemistry in 2020. Her goal is to become an interdisciplinary researcher in pharmacology and drug deliver innovations. She will be w... Read more...

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 with Dean Emeritus Tom Baillie presiding as President of ISSX. Join us for the UWSOP alumni and friends reception at ISSX to toast Dr. Baillie and celebrate and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

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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, and autismYou probably know about good and bad cholesterol as it relates to your heart—but did you know that your brain needs cholesterol too? The brain’s cholesterol is essential to fetal developme... Read more...

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 who may, or may not, have a background in biochemistry? We popped into the lab to talk to Ed Kelly and Cathy Yeung to find out.
Dawg Scripts: Why did you put kidney cells on a chip?

Associate Professor Ed Kelly: As a Toxicologist, we... Read more...


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 the Drug Metabolism and Disposition Division of ASPET (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics).Her poster titled, “Functional Characterization of Novel CYP2C9 Variants Found i... Read more...

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 time...weather dependent.  May 3 update:

Welp. It seemed like it was going to go and then about 15 minutes before launch, the flight was scrubbed. It's rescheduled for tonight 11:48 PM Pacific Time. Here is an update on NASA's blog.

May 2 up... Read more...


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 of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was progressing.

The team hopes to discover improved diagnostic tools and therapies by learning how brain proteins such as ... Read more...


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 award of $38,175 for their project, "Targeting Altered Lipid Metabolism in Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus."

The RRF is funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the UW technolog... Read more...


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 (SIDP). The prestigious award  is given to a young investigator who shows research promise in the broad area of infectious diseases.

Brian has demonstrated tremendous research productivity over ... Read more...


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 to National Taiwan University's criteria.

The list provides overall rankings; rankings by six fields; and by 14 selected subjects, including Pharmacology and Toxicology. Overall the UW is No. 4 in ... Read more...


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 unlock keys in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, which seem to be caused by buildup of the protein tau. Hannah was also selected as the Hope Barnes Fellow this year.
“I am honored to rec... Read more...

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, 2018The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists – Rocky Mountain Discussion Group (AAPS-RMDG) Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, on June 12-13, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is May 18, 2018.

The RMDG provides a forum for interacting with scientists ... Read more...


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 the faculty.  Kent has been a valued member of the faculty since 1990, and for the past 4 years he has served as 'the Chair.'  During his time on the faculty, Kent played a critical role in the research activities tha... Read more...

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 health challenge is with Abhi Nath and his team of researchers every day as they seek new options to treat and manage Alzheimer’s and related diseases. The key appears to lie with a process called prot... Read more...


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 in the superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The team were recently awarded a 4-year, $1.86 million NIH R01 grant as principal investigator, which is an exceptional ... Read more...

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 Building, T-435
Light refreshments will be served

Panel Discussion:

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent and author, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hop... Read more...


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 lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process plays an important role in the pathophysiology of many human conditions – aging, atherosclerosis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases – so it is critically im... Read more...

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 her research on CYP2J2-mediated epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) as potential markers for cardiovascular disease at this summer’s Gordon Research Conference in Drug Metabolism.

“I was able to show that... Read more...


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. After retirement, Bill and his wife Carole moved to Oregon to be closer to family.

Bill joined the School of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry as a Research Technologist working in the Mass Spectrometry Facility. He became the... Read more...


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. This first class of award recipients include Jennifer Sager, Outstanding Dissertation Award; Mark Bounthavong, Ryan Seguin, and Elijah Weber, Graduate Student Leadership Awards; and Danny Shen, Outstandi... Read more...

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 and Elmer Plein foresaw the need to research the effects medications have on older adults. The Inaugural Research Symposium for the Plein Center held in February 2017 provided the opportunity to learn ... Read more...

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 idea.”

From the Marine Corps, to the Ironman Triathlon, and even Quidditch, all have their roots in legendary stories about beginning in a conversation in a bar. We may one day come to tell stories of the breakthrough in antibiotic resi... Read more...


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 against HIV. This research builds upon decades of research by these investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health and more recently by the Gates Foundation.

HIV is a highly lethal virus that... Read more...


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 program is funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the UW Technology transfer program.  These one-year awards have been offered semi-annually since 1992.

Med Chem Assistant Professor Mike Guttman was r... Read more...


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 for 2017-2018, receiving the $30,000 award on the basis of his outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. The scholarship is funded from a $2 million... Read more...

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 who enthusiastically supported our students and programs, he was also a leader in drug discovery and development via his 27-year career with AstraZeneca.  When Scott died in 2014, his family and colleagues established a perm... Read more...

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 Foundation contributes to the advancement of science and technology by funding PhD fellowships for academically outstanding scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math at th... Read more...


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 bone marrow transplant (hematopoietic cell transplant [HCT]) to fight various cancers. Busulfan kills some of the patient’s blood cells to ensure the donor cells will be accepted.

But busulfan is toxic.

The work to mitigate that toxic... Read more...


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 membranesThree to five million people worldwide suffer from the flu each year—and it’s deadly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 250,000 to 500,000 people a year die from the flu. The people most at risk are those with compromised immune sys... Read more...

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 have been well prepared for an exciting career in the pharmaceutical sciences,” said alumnus Ian Templeton. “Because of these strong programs, I now have classmates spread across many institutions, both public ... Read more...

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 Robert Pelletier (Kent Kunze lab). Pelletier has received a renewal of this Fellowship through August 2017, with another stipend of $10,000, to support his thesis project, "Mechanism of CYP2E1 Inhib... Read more...

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 will be officially retiring from the University of Washington in March of 2016. Tom has had an enormous positive impact on the School of Pharmacy. He has been a tireless and highly effective advocate for our research, teaching... Read more...

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 disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States. While there have been advances in treatments, it is hard to know if someone is at risk for a heart attack until they show symptoms—which for many is too late. R... Read more...

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 alumni have been recognized in the past few months for their accomplishments.
Don Downing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor D... Read more...

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 of the 2015-2016 Global Fellowship by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). This award, in the amount of $30,000, will support Dr. Hines's project, using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry (IM-MS) to screen standards of a... Read more...

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 of creatures great and small. “If I was not doing science, I might have been a farmer” he said tongue-in-cheek. But it’s impossible to imagine Rettie “not doing science.” For 30 years he has been at the forefront ... Read more...

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 into our graduate program: Modestas Filipavicius, Lorela Paco, Dylan Ross, and Eleanor Vane.  Pharmaceutics has four students entering their graduate program and one student entering their masters program.  We... Read more...

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 Program (PSSDP).  Hector Caldera (Fort Lewis College), Brianna Morgan (Southern Oregon University), Monica Pengshung (Southern Oregon University), and Hannah Rudolph (Agnes Scott College) recently presented posters at Mar... Read more...

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 research thesis, "Deciphering the Antiviral Activity of Human Defensins: Inhibiting Influenza Virus Fusion," won him a two-year tenure on this predoctoral training grant. Benhaim's mentor, Me... Read more...


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 & Johnson company headquartered in New Jersey. Janssen wanted someone with a background in biophysical characterization and an interest in antibody scaffolds (proteins that bring other proteins tog... Read more...

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 was a Med Chem graduate student who died in a climbing accident in 1991. Hope’s family established The Hope Barnes Graduate Fellowship to support and encourage talented graduate students in medicinal chemistry. The F... Read more...

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 steroids, fatty acids and the majority of pharmaceuticals. They control the elimination of most drugs and therefore strongly influence drug-drug interactions that can cause adverse side effects. P450s are also capable of ... Read more...

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 predoctoral students chosen to receive a summer TL1 grant from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). During this 3-month research experience, Ben is conducting independent research with faculty mentor Rheem Totah, atten... Read more...

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 new phase in their professional careers.Associate Dean Peggy Odegard welcomed the graduates telling them, "We are so proud of each of you. Completing a post-graduate degree at the University of Washington is not for the faint ... Read more...

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 of two deadly viruses: influenza and HIV. Led by Kelly Lee, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy, they examine the viral fusion proteins found on the outside of “enveloped viruses” – viruses ... Read more...

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 and research. The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) has recognized Pelletier’s potential for leadership, and awarded him their 2015 Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Science. The award period begins in S... Read more...

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, Tianjin, China, completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. His current research focuses on investigating the role of 7-dehy... Read more...

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 performance and global/regional reputations of universities around the world. The UW School of Pharmacy’s scientists came in 7th overall, and 5th among U.S. public universities for research accomplishments – and 3rd am... Read more...

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 Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to fight breast cancer! Hardy worked with Dean Sidney Nelson to study the affects of the anti-cancer drug lapatinib on the liver. “I learned a lot from Dr. Nels... Read more...


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 the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX). Dean Emeritus Tom Baillie was selected for the North American Scientific Achievement Award and faculty member Dr. Nina Isoherranen, was selected for the North American New Investigator Award. Both awar... Read more...


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. The Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list identifies over three thousand researchers worldwide whose research was among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Baillie’s research... Read more...

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 to excel. We are just through the busy season of springtime conferences and we find, yet again, our students continuing to lead the pack. As always, we ask that you hold your applause until the end.

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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, after serving the School for almost 15 years in that capacity. During this period, Dr. Rettie has effectively guided the department through many curricular and organizational changes, as well as economic challenges. "It is to hi... Read more...


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 annual meeting. Dr. Stamper is a former Med Chem graduate student who received his Ph.D. in 2010 and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Dr. Stamper direc... Read more...


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 the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Research Resources. The program allows grant recipients to work as part of an interdisciplinary team doing research that focuse... Read more...


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 and Design program, has joined the Nath lab and the Klevit lab (UW Biochemistry) as a joint advisee. Hannah earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, in 2012. Her research focuses on... Read more...

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 taken a position as Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. “I am delighted to be a new member of the faculty at Campbell,” said Brianne. “My excellent training in the Totah ... Read more...

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. (Photograph courtesy of Meg Running.)

Congratulations to the following students, who received the Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry during commencement exercises held at Meany Hall on June 13, 2014:

Nichol... Read more...


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 the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Michael did his graduate work in Medicinal Chemistry with the late Sid Nelson and graduated in 2003. His research inter... Read more...

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 names six Magnuson Scholars annually, one from each of the health sciences schools. Awardees are selected based on their academic performance and potential contributions to health sciences research.
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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 of Pharmacy (AACP). Klarissa, now an Assistant Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN, was one of 17 award recipients for 2014. The New Investigator program provides start-... Read more...

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 as an Assistant Professor, coming from Yale University where he did postdoctoral work in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Nath to Med Chem,” said Allan Rettie, PhD,... Read more...


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 faculty in 1991. His research focuses on the biochemical nature of detoxification enzymes and on drug metabolism, with emphasis on biophysical mechanisms. He has been awarded several NIH grants for his research on enzyme systems... Read more...

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 a “Best Innovation Idea” prize in the 16th annual UW Business Plan Competition. The team is developing a “smart” polymer contact lens as an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes.

The UW Business Plan Competition is pro... Read more...


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,” to be held at the UW from June 18-22, 2013. This biennial conference has been bringing Cytochrome P450 scientists together in interesting locations for over three decades.

The series was e... Read more...


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 Recognition Award during the Health Sciences Center’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 17 in the HSB lobby. The award winners are named by the UW Health Sciences deans.

Among oth... Read more...


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 Best Innovation Idea prize in the UW Business Plan Competition. Their plan? To start a company to develop a "smart" polymer contact lens to provide an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes. Read more.

 

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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 we have formally established the Sid Nelson Endowed Professorship in Drug Metabolism. The seeds for the professorship were sown in December 2011, after our much-loved professor of medicinal chemistry and dean emeritus passed away sudde... Read more...


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 Chemistry Sid Nelson. Several alumni were also honored by the WSPA for contributions to the profession, patients and the community. Read more.

 

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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 the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Toxicology. Read more in the Original ACS Announcement or in UW Today.

 

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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 in Whistler, B.C.   Missing: Kelly Lee (or is he??)
Dr. Kelly Lee, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, has been awarded a $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study some of the more elusiv... Read more...


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 Scholarship for 2012. The University names six Magnuson Scholars annually, one from each of the health sciences schools.  Awardees are selected on the basis of academic performance and potential co... Read more...


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 mass spectrometry research easier. The method, known as Surface Acoustic Wave Nebulization (SAWN), simplifies how researchers introduce nonvolatile compounds — such as proteins, lipids and small molecules like caffeine — ... Read more...


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 inaugural Sid Nelson Endowed Professor in Drug Metabolism. The seeds for the professorship were sown in December 2011, after our much-loved dean emeritus passed away. Our community rallied together t... Read more...

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 chapter of the year award. This graduate student group, led by medicinal chemistry faculty adviser Carlos Catalano, seeks to inspire underrepresented populations to pursue the study of science at the UW and beyond. Read more.

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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 scientists who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and make important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. Read more in UW Today or the ACS press release.

 

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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 Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He is noted for scientific achievements and for providing leadership to advance vital academic research. Read UW Today.

 

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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 by the University of Washington to health sciences graduate students on the basis of academic performance and potential contributions to research. Read more.

 

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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 cancer last month. He was 72 years old.Bill received his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry — focusing on conformational analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance — from the University of Washington in 1965 under the sup... Read more...


Remembering Alain Huitric

By Bill Trager

Alain Huitric, professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry, passed away in late July at his home in Brittany, France, shortly before his 97th birthday.Al was born in 1912 in Sainte Rose du Lac, a small French-Canadian community in the province of Manitoba. In his teens, he and his family immigrated to the United States and took up r... Read more...


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 Pharmacogenetic Data

 

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CFD volunteer protects kitties through all nine lives

UW Showcases Volunteer Efforts of Med Chem Employee (October 16, 2008)

 

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Elmer Promotes Probiotics on ABC News

Elmer Promotes Probiotics on ABC News (December 13, 2007, interview on ABC News)

 

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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 according to a recent academic ranking. The findings, announced in the January 12 issue of The Chronicle for Higher Education, are based on faculty scholarly activities calculated by The Faculty Scholarly Prod... Read more...

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 on the UW campus. Over 517 individuals attended the event, most from industry, nearly 15 percent of which came from international organizations.
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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 Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards for her research in "Molecular Dynameomics." This award, given by the US Department of Energy (DOE) provides Daggett the use of 2 million processor hours o... Read more...


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 Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) for his meritorious contributions to the field, most specifically, his global work on mechanisms of warfarin's adverse drug reactions, particularly the recent ... Read more...

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 professor in genomic sciences and their colleagues have identified a major genetic factor responsible for variability in patient responses to the commonly prescribed coumarin-based anticoagulant known as Warfarin. Warfarin,... Read more...