Leadership

Co-Director, Dr. Frederick West

Dr. Frederick West, PhD

Dr. West works in the fields of chemical synthesis and medicinal chemistry. A number of projects underway in his group have explicit health applications in either antiviral drug development, or cancer detection and treatment. Specifically in the cancer arena, his group is developing new molecular probes that selectively accumulate in breast tumors, small molecules that target DNA repair mechanisms involved in cancer resistance to chemotherapy, and new molecules that interfere with immune checkpoint systems used by tumors to evade the body's immune system.   

Dr. West has received a number of awards recognizing his research, teaching, and mentoring, and currently runs a research group of 18. In addition to serving as Co-Director of CRINA, he is also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, and is affiliated with several local start-up companies.