The Chemistry Department at UF Scripps brings gifted thinkers together to advance science and solve urgent biomedical problems.

Hard at work in the lab of Chemistry Department Chair Matthew Disney, Ph.D.

We work broadly at the forefront of chemical biology, with experts in the areas of synthesis, enzyme catalysis, RNA chemical biology, natural product biosynthesis, redox biochemistry, transcription factor biology, and DNA-encoded chemistries. We collaborate daily with structural, micro- and cellular biologists to improve the human condition. We seek original thinkers who would push the boundaries of human knowledge at the interface of chemistry and biology.

The department focuses on several research areas, including:

  • Searching for new therapies for diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, HIV-AIDS and other viral diseases, and tuberculosis and other bacterial infections
  • Developing new technologies for RNA evolution, DNA sequencing, nanomedicine and stem cell research
  • Creating state-of-the-art tools to design, synthesize and evaluate new functional molecules for specific applications
  • Synthesizing natural products and their designed analogs, as well as natural product discovery and biosynthesis

The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research trains the next generation of scientists on our campus through its nationally recognized Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences.

Chemistry at UF Scripps

News from our Laboratories

 The chemists of UF Scripps have been making major discoveries in the field for nearly two decades. Read about many of them here.

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Chemistry at UF Scripps

Chemistry Faculty Directory

Our faculty have expertise in natural products chemistry, RNA biochemistry, enzyme catalysis, organic synthesis, redox biochemistry, transcription factor biology, DNA-encoded chemistries and more.

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