University of Technology Sydney

65001 Medicinal Chemistry

6cp; 2 hpw, workshop; 3hpw, laboratory
Requisite(s): 65202 Organic Chemistry 1


In this subject the entire process of drug discovery is discussed, from lead compounds to clinical trials. The multidisciplinary nature of medicinal chemistry is emphasised through lectures that explore the chemical, pharmacological and biological concepts that underlie drug development. Students learn about the macromolecules that drive cell behavior and disease, and how these can be targeted for therapeutic effect. The chemistry behind drug synthesis and design, including computational molecular modelling is introduced, and how the body’s metabolic processes impact on therapeutic success. This subject therefore provides students with the knowledge essential to the practice of medicinal chemistry.

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