College of Pharmacy Distinguished Lecture Series to Feature Dr. Shoichet

10/30/2014
Brian Shoichet

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to present distinguished lecturer Brian Shoichet, professor in the department of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), on Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the DHLRI Auditorium in the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. His lecture will be entitled, “A Metabolic Code for Chemical Signaling.”

Shoichet’s research aims to bring chemical reagents to biology, combining computational simulation and experiment. His lab adopts a protein-centric approach that seeks new ligands to compliment protein structures. Ongoing projects he oversees involve developing new computational methods for ligand discovery and applying these to G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), which are the single largest family of signaling receptors in human cells.

Before joining the faculty at UCSF, Shoichet was a professor at Northwestern University and the University of Toronto. He has also served as the director of UCSF’s Quantitative Biology Institute and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

He earned his bachelor of science in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before attending UCSF for his PhD in medicinal chemistry. His education also included postdoctoral stints at UCSF and the University of Oregon.

Shoichet has received many accolades throughout his career, including being named a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellow, receiving the PhRMA Foundation Career Development Award, being awarded the National Science Foundation Career Award, and receiving the Society for Biological Screening Accomplishment Award.

For more information on Shoichet, read his biography at the following link: http://profiles.ucsf.edu/brian.shoichet