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Nicholas H. Oberlies, Ph.D.


Phone:  336.334.5474
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Nicholas Oberlies received his B.S. in Chemistry from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) in 1997, where he studied under Professor Jerry L. McLaughlin. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral chemist at American Cyanamid (Princeton, New Jersey), where he investigated leads with insecticidal, herbicidal, and fungicidal properties from natural sources. In 1998, he joined the Natural Products Laboratory at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in North Carolina, specifically to be mentored by the late Dr. Mansukh C. Wani and the late Dr. Monroe E. Wall, who are most well known as the co-discoverers of taxol and camptothecin. He rose progressively through the ranks of RTI and eventually directed the Natural Products Laboratory. In 2009, he moved his research group to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has received several awards that speak to his accomplishments, including the Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy, the 40 under 40 Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal, and the North Carolina Distinguished Speaker Award from the NC Section of the American Chemical Society. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

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Perihan Gürbüz

Visiting Scientist

Erciyes University/Türkiye

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Manuel Rangel Grimaldo

Research Scientist

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Tamam El-Elimat

Visiting Scientist / Associate Professor

Jordan University of Science and Technology

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Tyler Graf

Research Scientist

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Huzefa Raja

Research Scientist

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