Congratulation Dr. Guo!!

Our own Dr. Youzhong Guo has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. This R01 grant effective 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2023 is to support a new technology development [Native Cell Membrane Nanoparticles System (NCMN)] for membrane protein structural biology especially for high-resolution structure determination of membrane proteins and complexes using […]

Monday Highlights from Experimental Biology Featuring Daniel Afosah, PhD

Exciting News Daniel  Afosah, PhD attending the 2019 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in the Orlando, Florida. EB TV hits the conference floor to hear what has been attendees; biggest takeaway from the 2019 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Please click on the link to hear Daniel’s response on the value of the meeting to him.


Awesome!! Shravan Morla has won the 2019 J. Doyle Smith Award for Graduate Studies in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry! The Award recognizes the best achievement in graduate studies, which includes academics, teaching, research and service. Please join me in congratulating him for this well deserved accomplishment!! He is truly a stellar graduate student and […]

Congratulation Jakob and Family!

Our family at Medicinal Chemistry wishes your handsome beautiful baby boy (Mathias Tyler Green) the very best of life, happiness and success!! 


Congrats Mohammed Al Mughram! Our department wish your beautiful baby girl (Taraaf) the very best of life, happiness and success!!

VaBio/VaDDC Symposium

VirginiaDrugDiscoveryRx: Emerging Targets, Technologies, and Therapeutics for Cancer and Neuroscience  Save the Date –  MAY 21-22, 2019 Symposium Features   KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Susan Amara, PhD – Scientific Director, NIMH Susan Horwitz, PhD – Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Donna Huryn, PhD – Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University […]

Postdoctoral Position Open in Desai Lab’s K12 Career Development Program

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has granted a K12 Career Development Program in translational glycosciences titled “Glycans in Blood Homeostasis and Disease” to Blood Center of Wisconsin (BCW), Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell), and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). This multi-institution (Wisconsin, New York and Virginia) program links unique and diverse […]


The Desai lab has been awarded a five year K12 grant by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to train MDs, PhDs and dual degree holders for advanced careers in glycosciences. The title of the award is ”Glycans in Blood Homeostasis and Disease’ (1 K12 HL141954-01). Only four such K12 grants have been awarded by […]


Congratulations to Shravan Morla on winning the Best Student Presentation Award at the VAS annual meeting. Please join us in congratulating him on a well-deserved recognition. He presented a fairly difficult topic of showing how impurities in a product can also lead to some interesting conclusions. Great work!!


Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Afosah on the award of GRC Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (CSURM) to present work at the 2018 Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conferences. Dr. Afosah is postdoctoral associate in Dr. Desai’s lab.