Joshua Pierce: Creating Molecules to Fight Disease

Joshua Pierce: Creating Molecules to Fight Disease


We develop new chemistry that can
allow us to access molecules that aren’t possible currently, and those molecules
could serve as leads for drugs in the future. Synthetic chemistry is the
science of building molecules from simple building blocks. So I’m leading an
initiative in the Comparative Medicine Institute focused on bringing together
researchers on campus to translate basic science into discoveries that can be
applicable in the real world. You know, we’re always surprised by science. We’re
always surprised by chemistry, and that’s half the fun of being a scientist is
that if we knew all the answers we wouldn’t do it. The fact that organic chemistry is exciting and interesting and hopefully
eventually leads to products that we can develop either commercially or through
collaborations here at NC State. It’s the excitement of constructing molecules
piece by piece, atom by atom that really is what drives the excitement
behind my work. I create molecules to fight infectious disease, and that’s how
I think and do at NC State.

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