Department of Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry has been offering a two-year M.S.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. since its inception in 2008, and a four-years Ph.D.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. program since 2016. There are currently 17 and 4 seats available under M.S.(Pharm.) and Ph.D. Natural Products program, respectively, which are filled through NIPER-JEE conducted every year. In addition, two seats under M.S.(Pharm.) program are available for Physically Handicapped candidates to be adjusted in any discipline.

Medicinal Chemistry (or Pharmaceutical Chemistry) is a discipline at the intersection of chemistry (organic and natural product chemistry), pharmacology and various other biological specialties. Research in medicinal chemistry requires an in-depth knowledge of synthetic chemistry along with focus on information about drug-receptor interactions. It allows for collaboration with other scientists in finding new drugs. The students pursuing M.S.(Pharm.) Med. Chem. degree are exposed towards fundamental and practical knowledge of the design and synthesis of pharmaceutically active compounds or drugs. Altogether, well-trained medicinal chemists put on their fundamental and practical knowledge of chemistry to the process of synthesizing new designed molecules or pharmaceuticals.

The faculty in the Med. Chem. department are engaged in various levels of research activities with emphasis on identification of novel pharmaceutically active agents for various diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, type-II diabetes, obesity, pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.