Ferguson Research Group


We are interested in the application of chemistry to solve problems in biology, especially those related to drug design and discovery. Our lab is necessarily collaborative, involving labs from biology, pharmacology, and the clinical sciences. Although our projects may focus on different biological targets, our role is consistent. We study relationships between molecular structure and biological function (typically small molecule – large molecular interactions) to rationalize the design of improved therapeutics using SAR studies, biochemical assays, and structural analyses (including X-ray crystallography, molecular modeling, and spectroscopy).