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NextGen Precision Health Science Seminar – Oct. 31, 2023

For questions about this event, please reach out to Veronica Lemme.


Demystifying Early-Stage Drug Discovery: An Academic Odyssey

Speaker: Dmitri Kireev, PhD, Professor, College of Arts and Science, Chemistry, University of Missouri

Date: Oct. 31, 2023, noon-1 p.m.

Location: Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building, Atkins Family Seminar Room


The seminar will introduce early-stage drug discovery to the audience of biomedical faculty, describe the speaker’s experience of academic drug discovery and review current trends in the field. The ultimate goal is to pass the message that while early-stage drug discovery requires a significant time and resource commitment, it can be affordable and successful in academia.

About the SpeakerDmitri Kireev

Dr. Kireev has extended experience in drug discovery and life sciences with a specific focus on computer-aided drug design (CADD). He has worked in this field for over 25 years, with more than 10 years of industrial practice at Sanofi, where he served as head of drug design in Montpellier, France, and has been involved in the discovery of several drugs and drug candidates. Since joining academia in 2008, Dr. Kireev contributed to over 50 translational projects and collaborations with academic groups and startup companies. He co-invented a kinase-targeted drug candidate — currently in clinical trials — and authored over 100 patents and publications. In addition to translational projects, his research program also includes developments in CADD methodology and computational biophysics.