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