School of Pharmacy

William Atkins

Chair; Sid Nelson Endowed Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

Atkins Lab, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry Faculty, School Faculty

Telephone: (206) 685-0379


Office Location: H164D

Website: Atkins Lab


  • BS in Chemistry, The College of William and Mary
  • MA in Pharmacology, Harvard University
  • PhD in Biochemistry, The University of Illinois

Research Interests

  • Drug Metabolizing Enzymes
  • Therapeutic Antibodies
  • Protein structure and Function

Taking Students: No

Courses Taught

  • MEDCH 531
  • MEDCH 501
  • MEDCH 528
  • MEDCH 327
  • MEDCH 527
  • MEDCH 529


Dr. William M. Atkins earned a Masters Degree in Pharmacology from Harvard University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. From 1988-1991 Dr. Atkins performed postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University, as an NIH Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Akins is currently The Sidney D. Nelson Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Washington, having been on the faculty there since 1991. He is the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and co-Director of the Analytical Biopharmacy Core. His research is focused on the enzymology of detoxification enzymes and drug metabolism, with particular emphasis on biophysical mechanisms. Professor Atkins has been awarded NIH grants for research on several enzyme systems including Cytochrome P450s, Glutathione S-transferases, and the P-glycoprotein efflux transporter. Recent research efforts also include characterization of nanoparticles for drug delivery and therapeutic antibody drug conjugates.

Professor Atkins serves on the International Organizing Committee for The Biennial International Conferences on Cytochrome P450’s and the International Microsomes and Drug Oxidations Conference. Dr. Atkins has served on several NIH and NSF Review Panels. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Archives in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Environmental Toxicology.


Selected Publications