The goal of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Major is to cultivate talented individuals with on-site experience who specialize in developing new drugs in creative ways. In this major, students learn theories and core technologies essential to new drug development while conducting research projects on candidate substances for new drugs(to treat cancer, infections, diabetes, etc.). Students conduct research on the new drug discovery through optimization study by molecular design, organic synthesis, and structural-active relationship analysis based on organic chemistry, and the efficacy screening, drug action mechanisms, pharmacokinetic properties, drug-like properties based on pharmacology.
1. Development of novel drug screening technology and its application to drug discovery 2. Research on anticancer, antiviral, cardioprotective drugs 3. Research on drug discovery platform technologies including pharmacokinetics, DDS, and HTS
Medicinal chemistry is an interdisciplinary science from synthetic organic chemistry, pharmacology, and computational chemistry. Medicinal chemistry activity includes design, chemical synthesis, and structure-activity-relationship (SAR) analysis toward bio-active small molecules. As an entry level medicinal chemist, students are trained with strong synthetic organic chemistry and instrumental analysis, problem-solving.