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Medicinal Chemistry

The study of Medicinal Chemistry typically applies chemical research techniques (e.g., synthesis) to the study of pharmaceuticals. Students in the PhD and MS programs in Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Montana will use a combination of chemistry, biology, pharmacology, and computation to research the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity.  Some examples include: (a) the investigation and elucidation of the mechanism of active molecules, (b) the design, synthesis and optimization of potent and selective ligands, (c) development of new biochemical probes, and (d) pharmacokinetics, metabolism and toxicology of beneficial and toxic agents.

In addition to the general topics listed above, students in the PhD and MS programs in Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Montana will gain specific focus and expertise in the study of Neuroscience; a parallel graduate program in the department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Through integrative and experiential research and classes, students in Medicinal Chemistry investigate the structure, function and diseases of the central nervous system with the goal of developing small molecules and drugs that help study and treat diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, stroke, and depression. The Medicinal Chemistry program also recognizes the need to provide students with the skills to succeed after graduate work and will provide students with added training in business, economic development, patent writing  and intellectual property.

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