Emory Chemistry alum Dr. Benjamin E. Blass has authored a textbook, Basic Principles of Drug Discovery and Development, published this April by Elsevier. Blass graduated from the college in 1990 with a degree in chemistry and went on to earn his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He designed the text “to provide graduate students, college seniors/juniors, and early career professional with an understanding of the drug discovery industry.”
Lanny Liebeskind recalled Blass’s accomplishments during his time at Emory:
“Benjamin Blass was an excellent undergraduate chemistry major at Emory. He discovered his passion for chemistry in the Atwood laboratories at Emory and pursued it with a strong PhD at the University of Rochester and then beyond to his current position on the faculty at Temple (he is now an expert in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development, and intellectual property pertaining to drug discovery). I remember well his great enthusiasm for our science and his easy (and big) smile.“
Blass is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in the Temple University School of Pharmacy.