Medicinal chemistry is situated at the crossroads of basic biochemical research
and drug discovery. Our unique curriculum provides students with a broad foundation
of knowledge ranging from molecular biology to organic chemistry, with particular
emphasis on pharmaceutical chemistry.
Students are introduced to research in the laboratories of our world-class faculty members through a series of rotations, and learn a variety of different techniques while exploring different approaches to science. Individual faculty interests are
described online and incorporate the timely themes of drug design, biotechnology,
enzyme mechanisms, glycobiology and bioorganic chemistry.
Personalized attention from our focused core of faculty members along with daily opportunities
for interaction with other laboratories provides an excellent dynamic learning
environment for students. Add to this the outstanding reputation of The University
of Texas at Austin and the benefits of living in Austin and you have a mix that is hard
Earning a PhD by studying medicinal chemistry at UT Austin will prepare you well for
a lifetime of learning and earning. Some of our past students have gone on to
positions in academia (University of Wisconsin, Utah State University, Texas
State University, Yonsei University (Korea), Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology (Hong Kong), Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (France), National
Central University (Taiwan), Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (China)) as
well as in industry (Merck Research Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Albany Molecular
Research, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Pharmacopeia, Invitrogen, AstraZeneca, Diversa
Corporation, Dow Pharma, Novartis).
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