The areas of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy focus on the interdisciplinary application of chemical and biochemical principles to the identification and development of therapeutic agents. Research in medicinal chemistry includes the synthesis of organic medicinal products, elucidation of the biochemistry of medicinal agents, examination of the relationship of chemical structure to biological activity, qualitative and quantitative analysis of drugs and related products, and application of computational chemistry to drug design. Research in pharmacognosy encompasses the isolation and structure determination of pharmacologically active natural products from plants and microbes, studies on the structure and biochemistry of biological products, examination of the biosynthesis of natural products, and evaluation of the biochemical effects of these active constituents.
The Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy is composed of faculty members with diversified research interests representing synthetic organic, analytical, natural products, and biological chemistry as well as computerized data acquisition control systems. The graduate program and research interests are strongly tied to interdisciplinary approaches to the solution of chemical and biochemical problems. The faculty are also active participants in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and are responsible for the operation and research of the Radiochemistry and Instrumentation Laboratory of the Cancer Center.
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