Thomas E. Prisinzano
Thomas E. Prisinzano earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE in 1995 and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2000. He teaches graduate courses, Medicinal Chemistry I, and Undergraduate Research. He has received the Matt Suffness (Young Investigator) Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy (2008), Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2011), and the David W. Robertson Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (2012). His research combines natural product isolation and medicinal chemistry and is focused on identification of novel agonists and antagonists at CNS receptors from natural sources. In particular, he has focused on understanding the chemistry and pharmacology associated with Salvia divinorum, a hallucinogenic mint plant native to Oaxaca, Mexico.