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Celerino Abad-Zapatero

Adjunct Professor, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Interests:

Computational concepts, methods and tools to expedite drug discovery: Ligand Efficiency Indices, AtlasCBS. Structure-Based Drug Design of anti-infective drug targets, particularly TB in collaboration with the ITR center at UIC

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Rojin Ahadi

Research Technician, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Nikolay Aleksashin

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Rhea Courtney Bovee

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Jana Braesel

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Joanna E Burdette

Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Interests:

The Burdette lab is interested in biological questions that are important for women’s health. We integrate imaging, drug discovery, and basic biology to try and understand how and where ovarian cancers originate. Our research primarily uses mouse models to understand early events in ovarian cancers. We are also using natural products to uncover new progestins and anti-cancer molecules.

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Jennifer C Chang

Senior Research Specialist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Laura Cook

Research Scientist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Maria Sofia Costa

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Camila Crnkovic

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Austin Czarnecki

Technician, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Matthew Jordan Dean

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Maryam Elfeki

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Alessandra S. Eustaquio

Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Interests:

We are interested in addressing questions related to drug discovery and development from natural sources, in particular from microorganisms. Natural products (or specialized metabolites) play a crucial role in human health. About half of the medicines we use today have their origin in plants, fungi, bacteria and other organisms. Nevertheless, limited access from natural sources coupled with difficulties in altering their chemical structure – which is usually necessary to improve pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties – represent the main challenges of natural product drug discovery and development. Our lab aims to contribute to a) addressing the supply problem and b) generating structural diversity not found in nature but desirable for pharmaceutical applications by using biosynthetic engineering and genomic approaches.

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Michael Federle

Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Tanja Florin

Graduate Student , Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Artemis Gogos

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Yukuang Guo

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Shijie Huang

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Michael E Johnson

Professor Emeritus, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Professor Emeritus, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Amira Kefi

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Dorota Klepacki

Senior Research Specialist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Sylvia Kunakom

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Youjeong Kwon

Visiting Research Specialist , Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Hyun Lee

Research Scientist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Hyunwoo Lee

Assistant Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Interests:

Mechanisms of cationic peptide resistance in bacteria (Salmonella Typhimurium and Bacillus anthracis); Roles of (un)annotated small peptides/proteins in bacterial antibiotic resistance and virulence; Novel anti-bacterial strategies

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Kyle Mangano

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Alexander Mankin

Professor and Director, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Research Interests:

Mechanisms of protein synthesis; structure, function and evolution of ribosome and ribosomal RNA; mechanisms of action of ribosome-targeted antibiotics.

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James Paul Marks

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Daniel May

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Fatma Sezen Meydan

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Rachel L Morrow

Assistant Director, Business Affairs, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Brian Thacher Murphy

Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

INST AFFL, Institute for Tuberculosis Research

Faculty and Staff Committee, Diversity & Inclusion

Research Interests:

Chemistry, drug-lead discovery, spectroscopy, aquatic microbiology

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Vanessa M Nepomuceno

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Predoctoral Fellow, Administration

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Russell Pesavento

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Kate Rahbari

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Jinhong Ren

Visiting Research Specialist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Interests:

Molecular Modeling for Antibacterial and Antiviral Active compounds

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Laura Rodgers

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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Nilanjana Sadhu

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Amrita Salvi

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Bernard D Santarsiero

Research Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Research Professor, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Professor, Research Resources Center

Marketing and Advancement Committee, Diversity & Inclusion

Research Interests:

Structural Biology and Structural Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Development, X-ray Diffraction

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Peter Sullivan

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Maksim Svetlov

Research Collaborator, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Teresa Maria Szal

Visiting Senior Research Specialist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Gabriella Szewczyk

, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Douglas David Thomas

Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Center Affiliate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Kayleigh Tovar

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Tuan Anh Tran

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Ashutosh Tripathi

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Kaitlyn Tylor

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Nora C Vazquez-Laslop

Research Associate Professor, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Research Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Research Interests:

Molecular mechanisms of protein synthesis. Mechanisms of antibiotic action. Mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics.

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Kyoung Jae Won

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Jerry Khee Keong Woo

Research Scientist, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Elizabeth L Woods

Associate Director, Grants and Contracts, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

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Alexandria Young

Graduate Student, Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

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