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Seminar Schedule Fall 2016
Seminars in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy

(Seminars are Fridays at 11:30 AM in room 134-3 PHARM in Chicago
and via remote in room E226 in Rockford unless otherwise noted)

Friday, August 26


No Seminar

Friday, September 2

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


EHSO will be presenting a special chemical laboratory safety training program for MCP-affiliated students and research staff in MCP, ITR, CBS, and the UICentre. For new employees, this in-person course will satisfy the initial requirement for live training.  For returning employees, this session will substitute for the annual on-line refresher course requirement.  THIS TRAINING SESSION IS INTENDED FOR ALL NEW AND RETURNING MCP GRADUATE STUDENTS, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, STAFF RESEARCHERS, AND RESEARCH-TRACK FACULTY WHO WORK IN OR SUPERVISE PERSONNEL IN WET LABORATORIES.

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to sign in.  Bring your iCard unless you've memorized your UIN number.  Refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 9



Thursday, September 15

Room 134-3 PHARM

"Prostate-specific membrane antigen from the perspective of structural biology"

Cyril Baƙinka, PhD, Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Structural Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, Czech Academy of Sciences (host: Alan Kozikowski)

Friday, September 16

"Applying Medicinal Chemistry Principles to the Discovery of Small and Large Molecule Drugs for the Treatment of Neurological and Psychological Diseases and Cancer"

Christopher O'Donnell, PhD, Senior Director, Oncology Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer, Groton, CT (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, September 23

"Small-molecule-mediated interactions in the human microbiome"

Mohamed A. Donia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, September 30

"Discovery and Engineering of Novel Natural Products via Synthetic Biology"

Huimin Zhao, PhD,  Steven L. Miller Chair Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, October 7

"Lipid-mediated protein-protein interactions and their pharmacological modulation"

Wonhwa Cho, PhD, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, October 14

"Design and Synthesis of MEP Pathway Inhibitors as Antimicrobial Agents"

Timothy J. Hagen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University (host: Terry Moore)

Thursday, October 20

3:30 PM
Room 36 PHARM

"New crop development research at the Peoria USDA Ag lab: A long history of product development based on chemistry"

Dr. Mark Berhow, USDA – Peoria, Oncology Medicinal Chemistry (Host: Richard van Breeman)

Friday, October 21

"Identifying steroid binding sites on membrane proteins using photo-crosslinking and click chemistry"

Alex S. Evers, MD, Henry Mallinckrodt Professor and Head, Department of Anesthesiology; Professor, Internal Medicine and Developmental Biology, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Washington University Medical School (host: Karol Bruzik)

Tuesday, October 25

(134-3 PHARM only)

"Ethnobotanical Studies of Guam ALS/PDC and New Drugs for ALS"

Paul Alan Cox, PhD, Executive Director, Brain Chemistry Labs, The Institute for Ethnomedicine, Jackson WY (host: Jimmy Orjala)

Friday, October 28

"Evolution based computational tools for drug discovery in Actinomycetes"

Prof. Dr. Nadine Ziemert, PhD, Professor for Natural Product Genome Mining, Microbiology/Biotechnology, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, November 4

"Biosynthesis of Cyclic Peptide Antibiotics"

Wilfred A. van der Donk, PhD, Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Chemistry, UIUC (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, November 11


Mark R. Kelley, PhD, Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research, Departments of Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pharmacology & Toxicology; Associate Director, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research; Associate Director of Basic Science Research, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center; Director, Program in Pediatric Molecular Oncology & Experimental Therapeutics, Indiana University (host: Judy Bolton)

Friday, November 18


Marcy Balunas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving Holiday (No Seminar)

No Seminar

Friday, December 2


Kevin J. Tidgewell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Duquesne University (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, December 9

No Seminar (Finals Week)

No Seminar

Course Coordinator: Alessandra Eustaquio <>