Research laboratory of Adam Renslo, PhD
Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Laboratory




Research interests


Adam Renslo, PhD
Director, Chemistry; Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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targeted drug-delivery, understanding and improving the cell permeability of peptide therapeutics, fragment-based drug discovery, identifying and characterizing the targets of novel small molecules

Ying-Chu Chen, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, antibody-drug conjugates

Shubhankar Dutta, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry

Xochina El Hilali, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, ion channel agonists/antagonists


Poulami Talukder, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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new applications of iron(II)-dependent drug delivery


Kyle DeFrees
CCB Graduate Student
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lead discovery for bacterial disease and mechanistic investigation of β-lactamase inhibition


Ryan Muir
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology

Cliff Bryant

Clifford Bryant, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, customer service


Priya Jaishankar, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
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lead discovery and optimization for bacterial and viral disease

Jeff Neitz, PhD
Associate Director, Hit-to-lead Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, neurodegenerative disease, cancer

Ninwe Maraha, PhD
Laboratory Manager
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Kazuko Olson
Administrative Officer
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Former lab members


Now at

Tim Acker, PhD

Research Scientist at Eureka Therapeutics, Emeryville, CA

Brian Blank, PhD

Medicinal Chemist at Revolution Medicines, Redwood City, CA

Mark Burlingame, PhD

UCSF Mass Spectrometry Facility

Ingrid Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Jonathan Choy, PhD

Sr. Scientist at Merck, South San Francisco, CA

Shaun Fontaine, PhD

Scientist, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Allejandra Gallardo-Godoy, PhD

Senior Researcher, University of Queensland

Brian Hearn, PhD

Associate Director, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Erica Lauterwasser, PhD

Scientist, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Sumit Mahajan, PhD

Director, Drug Development, Globavir Biosciences, Los Altos, CA

Hiroki Shimizu PhD

Research Scientist, Daichi Sankyo, Japan

Ben Spangler, PhD

Postdoc, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) Emeryville, CA

David Turner, PhD

Research Scientist, Leidos, Frederick, MD

Kurt Van Horn, PhD

Research Scientist, Avista Pharma Solutions, NC

Punitha Vedantham, PhD

Organic / Medicinal Chemistry Specialist Vibrant Sciences, Burlingame, CA

Yassir Younis Adam, PhD

Medicinal Chemist at MyoKardia, South San Francisco, CA