The McDonald research laboratory explores new and improved methods for preparing organic (carbon-containing) compounds, particularly bioactive compounds that may become new pharmaceutical agents or other biologically important materials.
Our research plans begin by identifying a molecular structure or family of related structures, in some cases with a potential application to medicine based on known biological activity. However, our goals are not just limited to making the target compound. As a matter of fundamental research, we are always interested in discovering a new chemical transformation, uncovering new modes of chemical reactivity, or developing a new synthetic strategy.
Our research activities also provide excellent training for graduate and undergraduate chemistry students. Alumni of the McDonald laboratory hold positions in a variety of roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in colleges and universities, and law firms.