Weill Cornell Medical College The Rockefeller University Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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TPCB Faculty

Derek Tan, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


PhD, 2000, Harvard University

BS, 1995, Stanford University

Research Topics

  • Bioactive Small Molecules
    • Chemical methodology
    • Total synthesis
    • Rational drug design
    • Diversity-oriented synthesis
    • High-throughput screening assays
    • Chemical probe development
  • Computational Chemistry
    • Cheminformatics

Therapeutic Areas

  • Cancer
  • Microbiology

photoA significant, current challenge in chemical biology and drug discovery is to identify small molecule probes and therapeutic lead compounds to address novel biological targets. The Tan lab is engaged in a two-pronged approach to this problem involving diversity-oriented synthesis and rational design as complementary approaches to ligand discovery. At the core of these efforts is the development of new synthetic methodologies to provide flexible, efficient, systematic access to these structures. We leverage multidisciplinary collaborations with biologists to evaluate the molecules we synthesize with the long-term goals of probing key biological processes and exploring new therapeutic opportunities in cancer and infectious diseases.

Read more about Prof. Tan’s research on the Sloan Kettering website

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