The average life expectancy of humans has increased following significant advancements in technology, and there has been a growing demand for new drugs to improve the quality of life. Previously, new drug development was recognized as a research-intensive, high-risk, high-value industry limited to developed countries. In Korea today, the government, industries, schools, and research institutes are exerting efforts to develop innovative new drugs, so as to boost the development of the nation’s pharmaceutical industry.
The medicinal chemistry and pharmacology major aims to foster creative leaders in new drug development who possess both theoretical knowledge and practical skills by providing opportunities to conduct research on identifying promising drug candidates (cancer, infectious disease, diabetes, obesity, vascular disease, inflammation, osteoporosis, immunity, etc.).
Students will mature into new drug development professionals through multidisciplinary research in related fields, including synthesis and optimization of drugs based on organic chemistry under medicinal chemistry, efficacy screening and pharmacological action under pharmacology, and efficient drug delivery under pharmacokinetics.
To foster creative professionals in new drug development for improved human welfare
Fostering world-class talent in new drug development
Leading the nation’s pharmaceutical industry
Development of world-class new drug candidate materials
Acquisition of expert knowledge and practical skills through specialized curriculum
Research on multidisciplinary areas of chemistry, biology, and pharmacology, and related applications
Fostering world-class creative researchers through on-site education
Cooperative research with industries, schools, and research institutions, and international joint research
Securing outstanding faculty and advanced research equipment to create an optimal learning environment
Producing outstanding achievements through real-world implementation of research projects
Medicinal chemistry is a multidisciplinary field encompassing organic synthetic chemistry, pharmacology, and computational chemistry. It covers various topics such as the design of low-molecular-weight compounds, organic synthesis, and SAR analysis. Students will develop analytical and problem-solving skills necessary for organic synthetic chemistry and organic material analysis.
Students can become experts in new drug development by conducting multidisciplinary research in related fields, including synthesis and optimization of drugs based on organic chemistry under medicinal chemistry, efficacy screening and pharmacological action under pharmacology, and efficient drug delivery under pharmacokinetics.