Science Cafe: From Marine Natural Products to Medicine
A Chemist’s Perspective
Marine natural products are chemical compounds isolated from the oceans. These complex and diverse molecules possess potent biological activities and can potentially serve as new drugs. Join Prof. Joshua Pierce, a Chemistry professor at NC State University, as we explore how natural products are relevant to medicine and how organic chemistry and chemical biology research in academic and industrial labs are responsible for the treatments that have transformed our lives.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Joshua Pierce is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pierce received his BS and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to La Jolla, CA for postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute. In 2012 Dr. Pierce joined NC State where he and his research team develop new tools for synthetic organic chemistry that enable the study of important diseases with chemical probes (www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/jgp).