Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery

The Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery cluster provides a multidisciplinary platform for students to learn the fundamental aspects of modern drug discovery and related molecular sciences focused on the modulation of biological systems. Trainees from both the life and chemical sciences acquire necessary skills and knowledge in the diverse topical areas related to contemporary drug discovery and integrative chemical biology, while delving more deeply into their respective disciplinary education and their own area of research interest.  In this regard, the curriculum is customizable to the individual student’s goals and leverages the established and nationally recognized chemical biology and drug discovery training environment.  For example, areas of significant interest is the outstanding expertise in the application of molecular sciences to the development of small molecules for use in complex biological systems and the identification of molecular targets in signal transduction or disease progression pathways amenable to therapeutic intervention.

Students in the Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery cluster are encouraged to customize their formal coursework to acquire a firm foundation in areas key to his or her career development. To augment formal classroom instruction, students are encouraged to participate in key activities such as the Annual Drug Discovery Symposium held each fall and the Visiting Lecture Series. Specialized workshops in specialized areas of interest are also offered at times based on planning with students, fellows and faculty interested in cross-disciplinary training or advanced specialized education.

For more information about drug discovery at Northwestern University please visit the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery website HERE.

Cluster Directors

Drug Discovery Faculty Members

* Denotes IBiS and DGP Training Faculty