John L. Wood, Ph.D.
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Recruitment of Established Investigators
Colorado State University
December 05, 2012
One time-honored technique for finding new drugs is isolating natural products and screening them for desirable properties—like anticancer activity. Organic chemists then develop methods for recreating the natural product in the laboratory, and for making derivatives that may be more potent or have other desirable properties.
Synthesizing biologically active molecules requires sophisticated technical skills as well as imagination and a broad knowledge of chemical techniques. John Wood, who holds an endowed chair in chemistry at Baylor University, was recruited in 2013 from Colorado State University with a Recruitment of Established Investigator Award from CPRIT. He views his primary role in academia as training the next generation of synthetic organic chemists.