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Gangjee Appointed New Endowed Chair at Duquesne University

Dr. Aleem Gangjee has been appointed the inaugural Adrian Van Kaam, C.S.Sp., Chair in Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University. He is a professor of medicinal chemistry and a Mylan School of Pharmacy Distinguished Professor.


The newly endowed chair is named for Van Kaam, who was a member of Duquesne's Department of Psychology and founded the University's Institute of Formative Spirituality in 1964.

An internationally renowned scholar, Gangjee's research encompasses areas including anti-cancer drugs, synthetic medicinal chemistry, computer-assisted drug design, and the design and synthesis of multi-acting antitumor agents.

Gangjee, who first joined Duquesne's school of pharmacy in 1979, has taught courses in medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, cancer chemotherapy, drug analysis, mechanisms of drug action and synthetic organic chemistry, among many others.

He has been awarded 20 U.S. patents and has four concurrent National Institutes of Health grants, with his total grants exceeding $10 million. Gangjee also has written more than 100 articles that have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

At Duquesne, Gangjee has received three Presidential Awards for Excellence, recognizing his efforts in teaching and scholarship.

Gangjee holds a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor's in chemistry and master's in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology. He resides in Allison Park.

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