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Jimmy Orjala

Professor, College of Pharmacy
Director of Graduate Studies for Pharmacognosy graduate program, College of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Sciences



900 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5583 (work)

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Research Interests:
1. Discovery, isolation, and structure elucidation of biological active metabolites from cultured cyanobacteria.
2. Application of sensitive analytical techniques to the structure elucidation and biological characterization of natural products.

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PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
PDAT 2: GI/Endocrine (PHAR 502), 1/16/2023 – 4/28/2023
PDAT5: Cardiovascular (PDAT) 5: Cardiovascular), 1/16/2023 – 4/28/2023
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Doctoral Research in Pharmacog (PMPG 599), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Doctoral Research in Pharmacog (PMPG 599), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
PSCI 531 Spectroscopy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI 531), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
PDAT 4 immunology, 8/22/2022 – 11/25/2022
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022

Selected Grants

Gut Bacterial O-demethylation, Purdue University., 9/1/2022 - 8/31/2024, Obligated Amount: $48048; Anticipated Amount: $48048

Pregnane X receptor (PXR)-activating gut bacterial metabolites, Purdue University., 4/8/2022 - 3/31/2025, Obligated Amount: $110428; Anticipated Amount: $110428

Discovery of Anticancer Agents of Diverse Natural Origin, Ohio State University., 5/15/2020 - 4/30/2024, Obligated Amount: $1334669; Anticipated Amount: $1334669

Role of a conserved gene cluster family in promoting motility behavior in proteobacteria and in mediating host interactions, National Science Foundation., 8/15/2019 - 7/31/2024, Obligated Amount: $546571; Anticipated Amount: $546571

Research Training in Natural Product Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)., 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2023, Obligated Amount: $1317731; Anticipated Amount: $2100520

Selected Publications

Aldrich, Leslie N, Burdette, Joanna E, de Blanco, Esperanza Carcache, Coss, Christopher C, Eustaquio, Alessandra S, Fuchs, James R, Kinghorn, A Douglas, MacFarlane, Amanda, Mize, Brittney K, Oberlies, Nicholas H, Orjala, Jimmy, Pearce, Cedric J, Phelps, Mitch A, Rakotondraibe, Liva Harinantenaina, Ren, Yulin, Soejarto, Djaja Doel, Stockwell, Brent R, Yalowich, Jack C, Zhang, Xiaoli. (2022). Discovery of Anticancer Agents of Diverse Natural Origin. Journal of Natural Products, 85, (3), 702-719. doi:10.1021/acs.jnatprod.2c00036.

Davis, Lydia J, Maldonado, Amanda C, Khin, Manead, Krunic, Aleksej, Burdette, Joanna E, Orjala, Jimmy. (2022). Aulosirazoles B and C from the Cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. UIC 10771: Analogues of an Isothiazolonaphthoquinone Scaffold that Activate Nuclear Transcription Factor FOXO3a in Ovarian Cancer Cells. Journal of Natural Products, 85, (3), 540-546. doi:10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c01030.

Sullivan, Peter, Krunic, Aleksej, Davis, Lydia J, Kim, Hwan Seung, Burdette, Joanna E, Orjala, Jimmy. (2021). Phormidepistatin from the Cyanobacterium UIC 10484: Assessing the Phylogenetic Distribution of the Statine Pharmacophore. Journal of Natural Products, 84, (8), 2256-2264. doi:10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00334.

Ióca, Laura P, Dai, Yitao, Kunakom, Sylvia, Diaz‐Espinosa, Jennifer, Krunic, Aleksej, Crnkovic, Camila M, Orjala, Jimmy, Sanchez, Laura M, Ferreira, Antonio G, Berlinck, Roberto GS, Eustáquio, Alessandra S. (2021). A Family of Nonribosomal Peptides Modulate Collective Behavior in Pseudovibrio Bacteria Isolated from Marine Sponges**. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 60, (29), 15891-15898. doi:10.1002/anie.202017320.

Sullivan, Peter, Krunic, Aleksej, Burdette, Joanna E, Orjala, Jimmy. (2020). Laxaphycins B5 and B6 from the cultured cyanobacterium UIC 10484. The Journal of Antibiotics, 73, (8), 526-533. doi:10.1038/s41429-020-0301-x.

Li, Shasha, Newmister, Sean A, Lowell, Andrew N, Zi, Jiachen, Chappell, Callie R, Yu, Fengan, Hohlman, Robert M, Orjala, Jimmy, Williams, Robert M, Sherman, David H. (2020). Control of Stereoselectivity in Diverse Hapalindole Metabolites is Mediated by Cofactor‐Induced Combinatorial Pairing of Stig Cyclases. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 59, (21), 8166-8172. doi:10.1002/anie.201913686.

May, Daniel S, Crnkovic, Camila M, Krunic, Aleksej, Wilson, Tyler A, Fuchs, James R, Orjala, Jimmy E. (2020). 15N Stable Isotope Labeling and Comparative Metabolomics Facilitates Genome Mining in Cultured Cyanobacteria. ACS Chemical Biology, 15, (3), 758-765. doi:10.1021/acschembio.9b00993.

Crnkovic, Camila M, Braesel, Jana, Krunic, Aleksej, Eustáquio, Alessandra S, Orjala, Jimmy. (2020). Scytodecamide from the Cultured Scytonema sp. UIC 10036 Expands the Chemical and Genetic Diversity of Cyanobactins. ChemBioChem, 21, (6), 845-852. doi:10.1002/cbic.201900511.

Guo, Yukuang, Crnkovic, Camila Manoel, Won, Kyoung-Jae, Yang, Xiaotong, Lee, John Richard, Orjala, Jimmy, Lee, Hyunwoo, Jeong, Hyunyoung. (2019). Commensal gut bacteria convert the immunosuppressant tacrolimus to less potent metabolites. Drug Metabolism and Disposition, 47, (3), dmd.118.084772. doi:10.1124/dmd.118.084772.

Professional Leadership

American Society of Pharmacognosy, American Society of Pharmacognosy, 11/15/2019 - 4/11/2023


PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, 1993
Diploma of Pharmacy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, 1988