Division Head

Christian P. Whitman, PhDChristian P. Whitman, Ph.D. serves as head of the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, one of five divisions within the College of Pharmacy.

Whitman’s laboratory is interested in how enzymes evolve and how they work. They are studying two groups of enzymes, the tautomerase superfamily and the fumaryl acetoacetate hydrolase (FAH) superfamily.

Visit Dr. Whitman’s site to learn more about his research interests.


Building on the rich history of enzymology and bioorganic chemistry, our students develop novel techniques and small molecule tools to understand health and disease at the level of chemical mechanisms.

Career Opportunities

Ph.D. chemical biologists and medicinal chemists find rewarding careers in all sectors of the scientific community. Salaries and advancement opportunities compare favorably with graduates in other biochemical and pharmaceutical sciences. Recent graduates from our program have assumed positions at academic institutions, medical schools, the Food and Drug Administration and in pharmaceutical industry.

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