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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Medicinal Chemistry Faculty Awarded Grant Funding

Congratulations to faculty members who were recently awarded grants for their ongoing research!:

  • Dr. Sunil David received an award of $300K from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to support additional studies related to his ongoing work on vaccines for the Zika virus.
  • Dr. Mark Distefano, along with Dr. Ling Li, received a $1.875M National Institutes of Health award for their project, "Dysregulation of Protein Prenylation in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease."
  • Dr. Natalia Tretyakova received a $1,581,939 National Institutes of Health grant for her project, "DNA Cross-Linking By Diepoxybutane."

Dr. Peter Dosa Receives a Promotion

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dosa who was promoted to Affiliate Research Associate Professor!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dr. Natalia Tretyakova Receives a Grant from the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Natalia Tretyakova has been awarded a grant of $342,947 from the National Institutes of Health for her project, "DNA Cross-Linking By Diepoxybutane." The objective of this project is to identify specific DNA lesions responsible for the genotoxic effects of DEB (1,2,3,4-diepoxybutane) an intermediate produced by the metabolic activation of BD (1,3-butadiene)a known human carcinogen produced industrially and found in automobile exhaust and cigarette smoke.  Dr. Tretyakova and colleagues hope to afford new insights into the mechanisms of BD's mutagenicity and cytotoxicity, reducing the uncertainty in cancer risk assessment for human exposure to BD.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dr. Georg inducted into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame

Dr. Gunda Georg has been selected for induction into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. The induction recognizes her as a pioneer who has made impactful discoveries in the field of medicinal chemistry. She will be recognized at the Fall American Chemical Society meeting on August 22nd in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Josh Shirley wins the Outstanding TA Award

Josh Shirley, a graduate student in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, is the winner of the Outstanding TA Award for 20162017 as presented by the College of Pharmacy's Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. 

Ann Howarth wins a 2016 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award

Staff member Ann Howarth was awarded a Meritorious Service Award for excellent work in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in 2016. The award ceremony took place during the 15th Annual College of Pharmacy Employee Day held on June 1st at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. Ann Howarth is the Executive Office and Administrative Specialist for laboratories in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building for Medicinal Chemistry. 

Ann Howarth, pictured 4th from the left, was one of several staff members honored for excellent work in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. 

Dr. Abul-Hajj Set to Retire on June 30, 2017

After a five-year phased retirement, Professor Yusuf Abul-Hajj is set to retire June 30. A faculty member since 1968, Dr. Abul-Hajj has served in many leadership positions, including head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry for 21 years. Under his leadership, Medicinal Chemistry became one of the top ranked departments in the country and prepared numerous future medicinal chemists. He also served as senior editor of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry from 1995 to 2012. For nearly 50 years, he has conducted groundbreaking research on the development of steroidal agents for the treatment of breast cancer as well as studying the underlying mechanisms involved in the genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of estrogen. In 2012, Dr. Abul-Hajj co-authored the book, From Digitalis to Ziagen, which covers the history of Medicinal Chemistry at the college, including the establishment of the department as well as the leadership role the department and its faculty played in drug development. He has received many awards and recognition throughout his career, including the Lawrence and Delores Weaver Medal, and was named a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society.

Please join in thanking Dr. Abul-Hajj for his years of significant contribution to our college and to medicinal chemistry.