Research Centers

Three interdisciplinary research centers on campus contribute research vitality to the scholarly environment in chemistry. They are:

Fighting Tuberculosis

Fighting Tuberculosis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Cynthia Dowd (left) is engaged in drug research to treat tuberculosis (TB). She is developing small molecule inhibitors of biochemical pathways that the TB bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, needs to survive. Dowd successfully created molecules based on a compound called fosmidomycin, which killed the TB bacterium. She is now looking at ways to change the structure of fosmidomycin so that it works more specifically against tuberculosis.