New Medicinal, Organic Chemistry Professor Joins School of Science

Release Date: 
Aug 10 2009

Research Will Focus On Anti-Cancer Agents, Pharmaceutical Compounds, organic methodology development at IUPUI

Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 10, 2009 - The IUPUI School of Science announced today that leading organic chemist, Dr. Haibo Ge, will join the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to further extend the organic and medicinal chemistry research programs at the university. Ge's research on the development of organic chemical compounds for selective anti-cancer pharmaceuticals will help in the development of effective treatment and therapy for patients with specific diseases.

Dr. Haibo Ge

Already making his mark at IUPUI and within the local science community, Ge has engaged in a strategic partnership with Dr. Qizhaung Ye, a professor at the IU School of Medicine, to synthesize and modify the structures of biologically active natural products for the development of anti-cancer agents to treat a specific type of cancer: estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. Ge and Ye will both engage undergraduate, graduate and post doctorate students in the research.

"Together with the School of Medicine, we hope to gain a better understanding of the biological activity of these molecules in estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer so that we may develop a compound that is more selective, more potent and ultimately effectively treat the disease," said Ge. "I'm very excited for the many opportunities to collaborate with various industry partners in Indiana as well as other academic researchers on IUPUI's campus. The scientific landscape here is unparalleled."

A native of China, Ge and a fellow student patented a specific method to effectively prepare organic chemical compounds. He plans to continue his work in organic methodology development to provide new ways for certain organic chemical transformations. Such methods will help pharmaceutical researchers effectively and efficiently develop new compounds for drugs.

"The School of Science is excited for the advanced research Dr. Ge will be conducting on campus with our students," said Bart Ng, Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI. "His renowned work in organic and medicinal chemistry will not only benefit IUPUI students and the local community, but will inevitably improve patient outcomes in the future."

Ge's passion is to continue studying and teaching science students to identify compounds that will treat very specific disease states. He has been an active researcher for the past 10 years earning his post doctorate at The Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla, Calif. and his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.

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