Scott Ulrich

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Phone: 607-274-7977
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 352A, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Medicinal Chemistry

Undergraduate Research in Medicinal Chemistry

There are several projects ongoing in the lab that students can work on. We do medicinal chemistry, which is the design and synthesis of molecules to interact with biological systems in therapeutically useful ways. Undergraduate students learn various techniques including organic synthesis, protein purification, and enzymology. Participation in these projects is a great way to prepare for careers in science or medicine.

If you're student interested in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, or biochemistry and want to talk about research, please get in touch! I will describe the projects and how you can participate. There may be paid positions open for summer 2021.

Our lab is supported by grant R15GM131316 from the National Institutes of Health.


Higgins E, Kellner-Rogers JS. Estanislau AM, Esposito AC, Vail NR, Payne SR, Stockwell JG, and Ulrich SM.  Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Transition-State Analogs as Inhibitors of the Bacterial Quorum Sensing Autoinducer Synthase CepI. ChemRxiv (preprint) 2020   link

Budin N, Higgins E, DiBernardo A, Raab C, Li C, Ulrich SM.  "Efficient synthesis of the ketone body ester (R)-3-hydroxybutyryl-(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate and its (S,S) enantiomer" Bioorganic Chemistry Volume 80, October 2018, Pages 560-564 link

Stalnecker CA, Ulrich SM, Li Y, Ramachandran S, McBrayer MK, DeBerardinis RJ, Cerione RA, Erickson JW. "Mechanism by which a recently discovered allosteric inhibitor blocks glutamine metabolism in transformed cells." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 13;112(2):394-9.

Shimazu T, Hirschey MD, Newman J, He W, Shirakawa K, Le Moan N, Grueter CA, Lim H, Saunders LR, Stevens RD, Newgard CB, Farese RV Jr, de Cabo R, Ulrich S, Akassoglou K, Verdin E.   "Suppression of oxidative stress by β-hydroxybutyrate, an endogenous histone deacetylase inhibitor."  Science. 2013 Jan 11;339(6116):211-4 link

Swem L, Swem D, O'Loughlin C*, Gatmaitman R*, Ulrich SM, Bassler B.  A Quorum Sensing Antagonist that Targets Both Membrane-Bound and Cytoplasmic Receptors Controls Bacterial Pathogenicity  Molecular Cell  35 (2) 143-153, 31 July 2009 link

KrennHrubec K, Marshal B, Hedglin M, Verdin E and Ulrich SM. "Design and Evaluation of Linkerless Hydroxamic Acids and Selective HDAC8 Inhibitors" 2007 March 30 Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters link