Professor and director, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, UIC College of Pharmacy
Alexander “Shura” Mankin studies the mechanisms of drug resistance to develop new, superior antibiotics.
Mankin’s research focuses on the functions of the ribosome and how it can be inhibited by drugs. His laboratory has established modes of action for several important classes of antibiotics.
Mankin and his colleagues are working to discover how antibiotics bind to the ribosome, which churns out all the proteins a cell needs for survival, and how they interfere with its function.
Throughout his career, Mankin has published more than 100 papers in leading journals. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies.
He received the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2013. He was named a 2014 Fellow by the American Academy of Microbiology. He received the UIC Basic Life Sciences Researcher of the Year Award.
- Medicinal chemistry
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