The Scripps Research Department of Chemistry seeks to understand matter, create new forms of matter and translate new discoveries into useful products. Scripps chemists have pioneered many advances in chemical synthesis, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, three critical areas central to biomedical research. These advances include the creation of powerful new tools for drug discovery, such as the development of “click” chemistry and new methods in organic synthesis that speed the discovery and manufacturing of new drugs.

The department focuses on several research areas, including:

  • Searching for new therapies for diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, HIV-AIDS and other viral diseases, and tuberculosis and other bacterial infections
  • Developing new technologies for RNA evolution, DNA sequencing, nanomedicine and stem cell research
  • Creating state-of-the-art tools to design, synthesize and evaluate new functional molecules for specific applications
  • Synthesizing natural products and their designed analogs, as well as natural product discovery and biosynthesis