A central theme of our research group is synthesis of molecules with novel functions and properties. We are using tools of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry to create small molecules, peptides, proteins and RNAs by both rational and combinatorial approaches. A variety of in vitro and in vivo screening methods are applied to the resulting molecules to study biological pathways and to identify biologically active molecules. The current interests of our research group include:


Youngha Ryu obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea, 1991 and his M.S. in Bioorganic Chemistry at POSTECH in 1993. Then, he worked for an industrial research institute in Korea as a medicinal chemist for six years. In 1999, he came to the United States and started his doctoral study under guidance of Professor A. Ian Scott at Texas A&M University. After he received his Ph.D. in 2004, he did a postdoctoral research in Professor Peter Schultz’s lab at the Scripps Research Institute until 2007. Ryu joined the faculty of Texas Christian University in 2007, where he is currently the associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.