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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
UCSF School of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Chemistry


The opportunities in Pharmaceutical Chemistry for high impact discovery and design for human betterment have never been greater. The pioneers of this department were rooted in physical, computational, analytical, synthetic and enzyme chemistry. This faculty helped to forge modern approaches for structure-based drug and protein design, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and computer-aided visualization of macromolecules. The group has flourished from this base and currently represents world-class leaders in drug and protein design, de novo protein structure prediction, proteomics, and synthetic and chemical biology. We seek to innovate computational, chemical, and biochemical approaches to deepen our understanding of the principles of molecular recognition and cell circuit design. Our dream is for systematic and predictive algorithms to discover safe and effective pharmaceuticals, and for the construction of synthetic biosystems to understand and improve the human condition.


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