The PhD program in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry (MNPC) offers students challenging opportunities to do fundamental drug-related research in the basic chemical and biological sciences. Our program involves an interdisciplinary plan of coursework and research spanning many aspects of the subdisciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology with a common theme of drug discovery. This includes extensive laboratory research aimed at testing a novel hypothesis, which is written and defended as a PhD thesis. Contemporary research geared toward drug discovery and design is the cornerstone of graduate study in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry.

The coursework is a reflection of the breadth of scientific interest in the program. Students design a course of study which includes core courses in synthesis, spectroscopy, enzymology, pharmacology, analytical chemistry, toxicology and drug design as well as elective courses to maintain breadth and achieve depth in one of the research areas described above.

Financial Support:  Our students are supported through a research or teaching assistantship which provides tuition, fees, and a monthly living allowance. This is not aid for which you apply, but is offered if accepted into the program.

Faculty members are engaged in training and research in:

  • Drug Metabolism and Biocatalysis
  • Biopolymeric Drugs
  • Biotechnology and Structural Biology
  • Structure - Activity Relationships
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Computer-Aided Drug Discovery
  • Chemical & Pharmaceutical Toxicology
  • Molecular Pharmacology

Drug Discovery

Our faculty educate PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in the chemistry and biology of drug discovery. We offer an interdisciplinary course of study and world class faculty with leading edge research projects resulting in a quality education and rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. Our outstanding faculty and students ensure a friendly and unique learning and research experience in a pleasant affordable small city in the heart of Iowa.