Brian Thatcher Murphy

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    College: Pharmacy Department: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 3120 MBRB Phone: 312-413-9057
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Small molecules produced by actinomycete bacteria have been essential components of antibacterial drug discovery, providing us with greater than half of the antibiotics used in the clinic. However, the discovery of new drug leads is being outpaced by the development of antibiotic resistance to current medicines. In my lab, we have built a collection of aquatic bacteria and are using them to generate small molecule drug-leads for infectious diseases, viruses and cancers. Visit our website for more information!

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Biological science majors only (biology, chemistry, etc). Must be enrolled in, or have taken (and enjoyed) organic chemistry.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The majority of the research will involve basic microbiological techniques (bacterial isolation and fermentation, purity assessment, etc). Student will be frequently working with marine samples under sterile conditions.

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