Educational Goals

SMD provides an educational environment in which students receive the training needed to discover and design new compounds with the capacity to modulate the function of selected biological systems, e.g., the output of a signaling pathway or the cell-fate decision between survival and death. The trainees gain a thorough understanding of the biological systems under investigation. They are trained to uncover the molecular basis of interactions with biological targets using structural, computational and biological approaches, and encouraged to apply their understanding of molecular recognition to the design and synthesis of new molecules with potentially improved biological properties. Finally, they explore the effects of these compounds on molecular and cellular processes and, where applicable, evaluate their potential therapeutic efficacy in relevant human disease models.