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Dr. Amy E. Wright


Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (HBOI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

My current research program focuses on the discovery of novel marine natural products with potential use as human therapeutic agents or as lead structures for rationale drug design. Compounds are obtained from marine plants, invertebrates and microorganisms associated with marine invertebrates using bioassay guided purification. The structures of new compounds are determined through spectroscopic means with an emphasis on the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. A new collaborative research project focuses on the production of un-natural natural products through the manipulation of biosynthetic genes. Ancillary interests include evaluation of the ecological role of marine natural products; applications of natural products chemistry to systematics of the Porifera and deep water Gorgonacea; study of the role of microbial associates in the production of therapeutically interesting natural products; and development of micro-analytical methods for monitoring aqua and cell cultures used in the production of therapeutically important marine natural products.

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA, 1984

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Biomedical Marine Research; Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry; Sustainable Development; Biochemistry and Molecular Structure and Function

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
5660 US 1 North
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Telephone: +1 772-465-2400 x459

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Keywords:   Natural product, Drug

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