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Full Stream Name: Synthesis and Biological Recognition

Research Educator: Elizabeth Ilardi

Principal Investigator: Stephen F. Martin

Credit Options: Spring & Fall

As the demand for therapeutic drugs increases, how are researchers working to better understand molecular interactions?

An understanding of the way proteins, enzymes, or receptors (macromolecules) interact with small molecules is integral to the process of drug design. The vast majority of drugs bind to such macromolecules initiating a biological response.  In order for a compound to be considered an efficient drug, the molecule must bind to the protein well, or, with high binding affinity. Research in the Bioactive Molecules laboratory is focused on the design and synthesis of small molecules that exhibit high affinities and specificities for selected macromolecules using laboratory techniques relevant to synthetic organic chemistry.

Click here to learn more about the Bioactive Molecules lab. 

Click here for a video tour of the lab


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Biochemistry, Chemistry