Scott Ulrich

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

Courses taught: Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry (majors and nonmajors), 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 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. 

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. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters Volume 39, May 1 , 2021  link to paper

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 to paper

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. link to paper

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 to paper

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 to paper

Ulrich SM. Protein Kinases and Dephosphorylases: Chemistry and Roles. Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology 2008  Link to paper

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