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Target Identification and Mode of Action Studies

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Drug target identification and mode of action studies for molecules discovered through phenotypic screens usually represent a bottleneck in drug discovery. The limited abundance of compound available for characterization studies is an additional fundamental concern in natural products drug discovery, particularly if the structural complexity precludes chemical synthesis in a timely manner. Genomic and proteomic...

Functional Genomics and High-Throughput Screening

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In parallel efforts, we are carrying out studies to reveal the function and action of genes/proteins that are putatively involved in cancer, aging and neurodegeneration. Candidate genes identified by high-throughput genome-wide cDNA and RNAi screening are subjected to molecular and biological characterization including structure-function studies in cell- and animal-based models. The ultimate goal is to...

Microbial Genomics and Biosynthetic Engineering

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Genomic screening of marine cyanobacteria for the detection of targeted secondary metabolite biosynthetic genes has been achieved through fosmid DNA libraries construction using HMW metagenomic DNA isolated from environmental cyanobacterial samples. Conserved enzymatic steps shared by diverse biosynthetic gene clusters are used as starting point for the design of degenerate primers from the corresponding biosynthetic...

Chemical Synthesis and Drug (or Probe) Development

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For selected compounds (by ourselves or in collaboration), we are devising synthetic methods to probe structure–activity relationships (SAR) and to obtain larger quantities of material for biological evaluation, including toxicity, pharmacokinetic and efficacy studies in animal models, which we will carry out in due course. Molecules of interest include largazoles and apratoxins, which we discovered and...

Chemical Synthesis and Drug (or Probe) Development

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For selected compounds (by ourselves or in collaboration), we are devising synthetic methods to probe structure–activity relationships (SAR) and to obtain larger quantities of material for biological evaluation, including toxicity, pharmacokinetic and efficacy studies in animal models, which we will carry out in due course. Molecules of interest include largazoles and apratoxins, which we discovered and...

A Florida coastal seaweed could help fend off cancers and inflammatory diseases

A new defense against prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the United States, may come from a seaweed found off the coast of Florida. University of Florida pharmacy researchers have screened various seaweeds with cancer-preventive potential and identified one that shows particular promise. They isolated specific compounds in this common green alga,...

Luesch Lab Members

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Research Assistant Professors           Qi-Yin Chen, Ph.D. (Total Synthesis) Research Assistant Professor Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China M.S. Applied Chemistry, Central South University, Changsha, China B.S. Chemistry, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China chenqyufl@ufl.edu Ranjala Ratnayake, Ph.D. (Natural Products Chemistry) Research Assistant Professor & Assistant...

Marine Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development

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Research in the Luesch lab lies at the interface of chemistry and biology and addresses multiple aspects of the drug discovery process ranging from assay development, identification and structure determination of bioactive small molecules with a focus on marine natural products, studies toward their mechanism of action, chemical synthesis and drug development of promising agents, the engineering of their...

Medicinal Chemistry

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The department of medicinal chemistry is located in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is an integral part of UF Health. The department has excellent research facilities dedicated to major areas of medicinal chemistry research, and faculty in the department have been highly successful in attracting extramural research support. UF’s Preeminence initiative in...