Department: Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
I have been a Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences since October 2009, when my collaborator Donald Stierle and I moved our research lab from Montana Tech of the University of Montana to the University of Montana-Missoula. There were several reasons for this move, but first and foremost was the need to relocate to a more research supportive environment with a biomedical/medicinal chemistry focus. Our move coincided with the establishment of the Medicinal Chemistry program at UM-Missoula so we hoped our expertise in drug discovery would make this a mutually beneficial arrangement. We celebrated our second anniversary as members of BMED research faculty on October 1, 2011. Our relocation to the University of Montana-Missoula has had a strong positive impact on the productivity, depth, and impact of our research and has opened the doors to some strong collaborations.
The Stierle lab is essentially a drug discovery lab and our focus is the isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites from source organisms using bioassay-guided fractionation. This is a flexible arrangement that can accommodate a variety of source organisms and a variety of bioassay schema.