The Derek Tan Lab

A significant, current challenge in chemical biology and drug discovery is to identify small molecule probes and therapeutic lead compounds to address novel biological targets. We are engaged in a two-pronged approach to this problem involving diversity-oriented synthesis and rational design as complementary approaches to ligand discovery. At the core of these efforts is the development of new synthetic methodologies to provide flexible, efficient, systematic access to these structures. We leverage multidisciplinary collaborations with biologists to evaluate the molecules we synthesize with the long-term goals of probing key biological processes and exploring new therapeutic opportunities in cancer and infectious diseases.

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Derek Tan, research lab head

Derek Tan, PhD

Professor

Research Focus

Chemist Derek Tan studies diversity-oriented synthesis and rational drug design for chemical biology and drug discovery.
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Education

  • PhD, Harvard University

Lab Members

Publications

  • Biomimetic diversity-oriented synthesis of benzannulated medium rings via ring expansion.
    Bauer, R. A.; Wenderski, T. A.; Tan, D. S.* Nat. Chem. Biol. 2013, 9, 21–29.
    Abstract | PubMed ]
  • A diversity-oriented synthesis approach to macrocycles via oxidative ring expansion.
    Kopp, F.; Stratton, C. F.; Akella, L. B.; Tan, D. S.* Nat. Chem. Biol. 2012, 8, 358–365.
    Abstract | PubMed | PMC ]
    (Highlighted in SciBX )
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Selected Achievements

  • Development of salicyl-AMS, a novel antibacterial agent to treat tuberculosis and other infections
  • Louise and Allston Boyer Young Investigator Award for Basic Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2010)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (2013)

Career Opportunities

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