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Patrice L. Jackson-Ayotunde

Patrice L. Jackson-Ayotunde is an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Princess Anne, MD. Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from LeMoyne-Owen College and her M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from Tennessee State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Howard University. After her tenure at Howard, she continued her research training as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University in the Drug Discovery Program.

Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde’s research laboratory engages in early drug discovery and development of novel anticonvulsant analogs as potential agents for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. She currently holds a U.S. patent for her work in the area of enaminones derivatives. Her laboratory works very closely with the Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH. Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde has had several compounds from the lab’s drug library evaluated by ETSP for anticonvulsant activity in acute induced-seizure animal models. Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde has trained and mentored several graduate, professional, and undergraduate students.

Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde was recently awarded The UMES Richard Bernstein Endowed Professorship (2019-2022). She was named a CURE (Citizens United For Research In Epilepsy) Champion for her efforts in research and leadership for the Annual UMES School of Pharmacy 5K Strides for Epilepsy Run/Walk event.

She serves as the Faculty advisor for the Pharmacy Student Government Association and the UMES AAPS Student Chapter. Dr. Jackson- Ayotunde is a member of the AES, AACP and ACS: Medicinal Chemistry Division, and AAPS. She currently serves a Community Leader for the AAPS Women in Pharmaceutical Science Community.

Dr. Jackson-Ayotunde resides in Salisbury, MD with her husband Alexander and 3-year    old daughter Abigail Oreoluwa.