May 1, 2006
Eminent chemist to give annual Bunnett Lecture
on May 5
Paul A. Wender, the Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry at Stanford
University, will give the 6th annual Joseph F. Bunnett Research
Organic Chemistry Lecture on Friday, May 5. The lecture will
take place at 5 p.m. in the Baskin Engineering Auditorium, preceded
by a reception in the new Physical Sciences Building at 4 p.m.
The Bunnett Lecture honors Professor
Emeritus Joseph Bunnett, a founding member of the campus.
The title of Wender's lecture is "Molecular Evolution
and Revolution: The Unique Role of Chemistry in Creating New
Therapies, New Reactions and New Drug Delivery Systems."
Wender is a cofounder, adviser, and board member of CellGate,
a biotechnology company developing new strategies for drug delivery.
His research group investigates the design and mechanism of
action of molecules that exhibit unique biological activity
and therapeutic potential. Wender's group is also concerned
with new ways of synthesizing such compounds and has completed
more than 50 syntheses. These include a wide range of targets,
such as taxol, a potent anticancer drug; phorbol, an agent that
is central to understanding the molecular basis for tumor promotion;
and resiniferatoxin, a new lead for treating neuropathic pain.
His group's work is described in over 220 publications.
The Bunnett Lecture is hosted by the Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry in honor of Professor Emeritus Joseph Bunnett.
For additional information about the lecture, please call the
Chemistry Department at (831) 459-4002.