Alan Palkowitz, PhD
- Senior Research Professor of Medicine, IU School of Medicine
- Director, IU School of Medicine's Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery Center
VanNieuwenhze's research efforts are focused on the mechanistic study of compounds that inhibit bacterial cell wall biosynthesis, the development of fluorescent probes to visualize the dynamics of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and bacterial cell division, along with the discovery and development of molecules and probes for the study of hepatitis B virus capsid assembly and disassembly. He received his B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College in 1984 and his M.S. degree from Yale University in 1988. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University where he carried out his graduate research in the laboratory of Professor Bill Roush. Professor VanNieuwenhze subsequently received a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Professor K. Barry Sharpless at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In 1994, Professor VanNieuwenhze accepted a position in the Discovery Chemistry Research Division at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. In 2002, he accepted a faculty position at the University of California, San Diego and in 2007, he returned to the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University. In 2013, Professor VanNieuwenhze was promoted to Associate Professor, in 2016 he was promoted to Full Professor, and in 2018 he was named the Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry.