Our Focus...Initiatives to Move Discoveries to Drugs & Diagnostics (also IMD3)


The Institute for Molecular Diversity & Drug Design (IMD3) was formally approved by the University of Louisville in March, 1999. Current membership consists of 24 faculty members representing eleven units at U of L (Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Brown Cancer Center, Chemistry, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Periodontology, Pharmacology & Toxicology and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.) Principal support for the IMD3 is derived from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Health Sciences Center, and the Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Recent News:

2015 Arno Spatola Endowment Graduate Research Fellowship 

The Institute for Molecular Diversity & Drug Design announced that Zhichao (David) Lu is the 2015 recipient of the Spatola Endowed Graduate Fellowship. The Endowment Fund was established by family and friends of Dr. Spatola, who had a lifelong interest in the education and development of young investigators.

Zhichao is an award winning graduate student in the Department of Chemistry where he is mentored by Professor G.B. Hammond, Endowed Chair in Organic Chemistry. The title of his fellowship application is Heavy Metal-free Synthesis of 3-Haloindoles as Vital Building Block for Indole Ring-containing Drug Molecules.

2016 Arno Spatola Endowment Graduate Research Fellowship

It was announced that two Spatola Graduate Research Fellowships will be awarded Fall 2016.