Biological and Medicinal
Chemistry governs all life processes at the molecular level. UB’s strengths in the traditional disciplines of chemistry merge naturally in investigating several topics of biological importance: molecular recognition, enzyme mechanisms and catalysis, metabolomics, and biomolecular separations. The Department also specializes in medicinal chemistry, with efforts focused on drug design and drug discovery, and medical applications including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), biosensors, biomedical materials, and photodynamic therapy. Faculty are actively engaged in collaborations with various centers of expertise locally, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Hauptman-Woodward Institute, as well as nationally and internationally.