New Chemical Probes and Drug-Like Lead Compounds Against Infectious Tropical Pathogens

Friday, September 28, 2018

Prof. Ifedayo Victor Ogungbe


Jackson State University

Ifedayo Abstract: Infectious pathogens are responsible for significant loss of life and loss of economic productivity in most developing countries. Several factors contribute to this loss of human capital. A major factor, however, is the lack of safe, effective and accessible medicines.  In this seminar, recent results from our work focused on finding new chemical probes and drug-like lead compounds against trypanosomiasis and infections caused by alphaviruses will be discussed. In addition, an overview of recent advances in the neglected tropical diseases drug development pipeline will be discussed.

Bio: Ifedayo Victor Ogungbe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Jackson State University. He received academic training in Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and The Scripps Research Institute.  His research interests are in the medicinal chemistry and chemical biology of natural products, drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases, and molecular recognition and interactions.

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