The Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry (MNPC) PhD degree program is offered through the MNPC Division.

Why Medicinal Chemistry at the UI?

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The PhD program in 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 in MNPC 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.

Our faculty members are engaged in training and research in these focus areas:

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

The Division of MNPC in the college educates 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 make the Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry a friendly and unique learning and research experience in a pleasant affordable small city in the heart of Iowa. We encourage you to further explore our website, including our video interviews of faculty and students, to learn more about our graduate research program.

Check out our other YouTube Videos!

To hear more about the MNPC PhD program from its graduate students and faculty, Find all of our videos on YouTube, including this longer version of the first video on this page.

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