Faculty Colloquium: Sarah Kirk

Please join us on Friday, April 1, from 12:40–1:40 pm in the Hatfield Room for this week’s Faculty Colloquium. The Colloquium will be presented by Sarah Kirk, Associate Professor of Chemistry.

The title of the talk is: Two Case Studies in Drug Design: Putting Together a Puzzle without a Picture

Her abstract:
Most medications are designed to either target a pathogen or correct a chemical imbalance.  My research focuses on designing drugs that target specific receptors in the body for distinct purposes, a process known as “rational drug design.” We work to understand relationships among the drug’s molecular structure, the interaction with the body’s receptors, and therapeutic result. This talk will focus on discovering the size and shape of the receptors, designing drugs to fit them, and how all the pieces must be put together like a puzzle.