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University hires top drug researcher

Gunda Georg, Ph.D., will lead the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy.

The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center will get a boost this fall with the recruitment of Gunda Georg, Ph.D., a world leader in drug discovery and development. Georg will join the faculty as head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. She will also hold the Robert Vince Chair and a McKnight Distinguished Professorship.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) identified Georg as one of the top 5 percent of researchers receiving NIH grants over the past quarter-century. Since 2000, she has received several multimillion-dollar awards, including a $7.8 million NIH grant to develop male contraceptive agents. Her research also focuses on analyzing chemical compounds and using computer modeling to find new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

“Bringing Gunda Georg to Minnesota is a true achievement for the University and advances its ability to promote discovery of new drugs and therapies in cancer,” says Frank B. Cerra, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences.

Georg will bring a team of more than 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to Minnesota when she arrives this fall. Once on campus, she will work closely with researchers in the Cancer Center and Medical School to identify opportunities for fruitful collaboration.

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