Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology

The research scope of the Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology (NCB) theme includes many aspects of drug discovery, development and delivery, with an ultimate goal to improve drug efficacy and safety. We investigate molecular mechanisms for how drugs and chemical probes interact with their targets, design and synthesize compounds that are more potent and selective, develop new technologies and ex vivo disease models for compound screening, and engineer innovative delivery systems for radiopharmaceuticals, small molecule drugs, peptides, proteins and nucleic acids to improve disease therapy and diagnosis. We also develop physiologically-based pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models to characterize and predict in vivo drug behavior in order to determine optimal dosing regimens. Preclinical testing of the developed systems is done in-house with modern imaging methods, including ultrasound (IVUS), optical imaging (IVIS), and also quantitative radioactive SPECT, PET and CT imaging. NCB members collaborate extensively within and outside the theme on projects related to pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, gene editing and drug development.

News and Events

Seminar: This is how we got our first job in the pharmaceutical industry
Friday, March 25, 2022 - Dr. Leon Wan (Host: Shyh-Dar Li)
Meeting ID: 699 2462 7843
Passcode: 681017

Final PhD Seminar presented by Anne Nguyen
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Meeting ID: 643 1222 2129
Passcode: 711128

Final PhD Seminar presented by Nojoud AL Fayez
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Meeting ID: 625 1386 6036
Passcode: 420324

Exploring Your Path: What is it like to be a scientist-entrepreneur?
Friday, February 25, 2022 - Ada Leung (Host: Li)
Meeting ID: 667 7503 7640
Passcode: 700411

NCB Session (Wong Lab)
Friday, February 18, 2022, 12-1 PM

Dear NCB members,
We are looking forward to another NCB session, which is taking place this Friday, Feb 18th from 12-1PM on Zoom. This time, the members of the Wong lab will be presenting some of their work and will be talking about all things PK!
I hope to see you all on Friday!

Three Minute Thesis Competition (Pharmacy Heat)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 12-1 PM
Meeting ID: 683 3902 2150
Passcode: 521743

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Training Program
Resources, Opportunities, and Tools for Success (ROoTS)
Business, Patents, and Industry Workshop

Friday, February 11, 2022, 12 to 1 PM
Meeting ID: 634 8380 7473
Passcode: 034077

Please note that the Zoom room will open at 11:45 AM if you wish to join
early and connect with your peers and colleagues

Friday, February 4, 2022 - Student Practice Seminars (Ross & Vu)

Mina Khoshnoodi
Riley Prout-Holm
Jiamin Wu (Links to an external site.)
Meeting ID: 634 8380 7473                                                                                                
Passcode: 034077

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - NCB Candidate Seminar - Dr. Ondrus (Links to an external site.)
Meeting ID: 627 2772 1294
Passcode: 647786

Accepting graduate students

Theme researchers are currently accepting graduate students. For details visit the Theme Researchers and Alumni page to learn about the various labs and work being conducted by our faculty and how to contact them.

Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology Annual Report 2019–2021

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