Opportunities for Study

Bioanalytical Chemistry has a long and illustrious history at the University of Kansas, but it really took off during the 60s and 70s during the tenure of Dr. Ralph N. "Buzz" Adams. Dr. Adams and his graduate students developed many techniques and technologies that led to instruments and methodologies that form the backbone of bioanalytical chemistry today. The legacy of innovation and service to society that started with Dr. Adams continues today with the formation of the Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry.

View the videos below to learn more about the KU
graduate experience and Buzz Adams's legacy!

Doctoral students affiliated with the Adams Institute are a diverse group. If you visit our labs, you will find students from the departments of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and from the Graduate Programs in Neuroscience and Bioengineering, all working together to study fundamental chemical interactions involved in biological processes. With exemplary preparation in a truly multidisciplinary environment, our graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions and jobs in top companies such as Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer, Amgen, Dupont, and many more. Others have chosen careers in academia, and joined faculties at the Universities of Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Boise State, and the University of Toronto among others.

If you are interested in joining one of our research teams, you will need to apply for admission to the University of Kansas, and then apply to the graduate program in the department of your choice. The best way to decide which department is right for you is to explore their web sites, listed below. Click here to view a brochure, "Graduate Research in Bioanalytical Chemistry", for more information. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the chair of Graduate Studies in each department, or the director of the Adams Institute, Sue Lunte.


The University of Kansas

KU Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Department of Chemistry

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Bioengineering Program, School of Engineering

Neuroscience Graduate Program


If you would like additional information about the Adams Institute, please contact:

Ralph N. Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry
Multidisciplinary Research Building
2030 Becker Drive, Room 220
Lawrence, KS 66047-1620
Phone: (785) 864-2342
Fax: (785) 864-5396


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