Source: Interfolio F180

Kim Janda

Ely R. Callaway, Jr. Professor of Chemistry; Director, Worm Institute For Research & Medicine (WIRM); Skaggs Scholar, The Skaggs Institute For Chemical Biology
Department of Chemistry


Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Immunology & Microbiology

Research Focus

Merging of Chemistry and Biology

Our work encompasses the following areas: the development of methods for the detection of and protection against chemical/biological warfare agents, the preparation of combinatorial chemical libraries, the design/synthesis and evaluation of catalytic antibodies and enzyme inhibitors, solid-phase organic synthesis, antibody/peptide phage display libraries, the application of immunopharmacotherapy in the treatment of drug addiction and cancer, methods of prevention and treatment of obesity, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies towards neglected tropical diseases, and investigation and development of molecules that block quorum sensing in bacteria.


M.S. (Organic Chemistry), The University of Arizona, 1983
B.S. (Clinical Chemistry), University of South Florida, 1980
Ph.D. (Organic & Medicinal Chemistry), The University of Arizona, 1984

Awards & Professional Activities

1990 NIH FIRST Award, NIH
1999 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, ACS
2001 Outstanding Alumnus in Chemistry, University of South Florida
2015 Path to Recovery Honoree, ACS
2017 Alfred Bader Award in Bioorganic Chemistry, ACS
2019 Portoghese Lectureship Award, ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry

Selected Publications

Nielsen, J.; Brenner, S.; Janda, K. D. Synthetic methods for the implementation of encoded combinatorial chemistry. Journal of the American Chemical Society 1993, 115, 9812-9813.

Han, H. S.; Wolfe, M. M.; Brenner, S.; Janda, K. D. Liquid-phase combinatorial synthesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 1995, 92, 6419-6423.

Wirsching, P.; Ashley, J. A.; Lo, C. H.; Janda, K. D.; Janda, K. D.; Lerner, R. A. Reactive immunization.. Science (New York, N.Y.) 1995, 1775-82.

Carrera, M. A.; Ashley, J. A.; Parsons, L. H.; Wirsching, P.; Koob, G. F.; Janda, K. D. Suppression of psychoactive effects of cocaine by active immunization. Nature 1995, 378, 727-730.

Janda, K. D.; Sim, M. M.; Wang, R.; Lerner, R. A.; Lo, C. H.; Lo, L. C.; Wong, C. H. Chemical selection for catalysis in combinatorial antibody libraries.. Science (New York, N.Y.) 1997, 945-8.

Toy, P. H.; Janda, K. D. New supports for solid-phase organic synthesis: Development of polystyrene resins containing tetrahydrofuran derived cross-linkers. Tetrahedron Letters 1999, 40, 6329-6332.