Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Discovery and the development of novel pharmaceuticals. For several years our research group has focused on the design and synthesis of novel non-camptothecin topoisomerase I-targeting antitumor agents. Several potent topoisomerase I-targeting agents have been identified. Studies are in progress to identify among these compounds the more promising candidates for development into the clinic. Recently, studies in our laboratory have been undertaken to develop agents that will selectively bind and stabilize G-quadruplex DNA. We are presently exploring the promise and full potential of these G-quadruplex stabilizers in cancer chemotherapy. In addition, our research group has initiated research into the discovery of new lead compounds for the development of isozyme specific topoisomerase II-targeting agents for the future development of an improved clinical agent within this class of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.