Principal Investigator

David A. Colby

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006–2008
The Scripps Research Institute
Research advisor: Professor Dale L. Boger

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2006
University of California, Irvine
Research advisor: Professor A. Richard Chamberlin

Pharm.D. (honors in pharmacy & with distinction), 2001
University of Iowa

Experience

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2022–present
Graduate Program Coordinator, 2021–present
Director of Academic Affairs, 2017–present
University of Mississippi
Division of Medicinal Chemistry
Department of BioMolecular Sciences

Research Professor, 2022–present
University of Mississippi
Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2014–2022
University of Mississippi
Division of Medicinal Chemistry
Department of BioMolecular Sciences

Research Associate Professor, 2014–2022
University of Mississippi
Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2008–2014
Purdue University
Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, 2008–2014
Purdue University
Department of Chemistry (joint appointment)

Honors and Awards

  • 2020–2021 Faculty Achievement Award, University of Mississippi
  • 2020–2023 Distinguished Teacher Scholar, UM School of Pharmacy
  • 2017–2018 Faculty Service Award, UM School of Pharmacy
  • 2017 Outstanding Reviewer, Medicinal Chemistry Communications
  • 2016 Outstanding Reviewer, Medicinal Chemistry Communications
  • 2015 Outstanding Reviewer, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • 2013 Young Academic Investigators Award Symposium, ACS Indianapolis
  • 2013 Purdue President’s Inventors Recognition Reception
  • 2013 Medicinal Chemistry Communications Themed Issue on “New Talent”
  • 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
  • 2010–2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Pharmacy Faculty Research Award
  • 2004–2005 American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Fellowship
  • 2003–2004 UCI Outstanding Contributions to the Department Teaching Award
  • 1999–2000 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Merck Research Scholar Award
  • 1999 Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society
  • 1998–1999 American Cancer Society Student Stipend Award
  • 1997 Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • 1996 Golden Key National Honor Society

National Professional Service

  • 2018–2019 Faculty Delegate, University of Mississippi, AACP
  • 2016–2017 Faculty Delegate, University of Mississippi, AACP
  • 2012–2015 Secretary/Treasurer, Drug Discovery and Development Interface Section, AAPS
  • 2013–2014 Chair, Chemistry Section, AACP
  • 2013–2015 Chair, Nutraceuticals and Natural Products Focus Group, AAPS
  • 2009–2010 Chair, Natural Products Chemistry Focus Group, AAPS

Industry Affiliations

  • 2017–present Scientific Advisor, GnuPharma, Owasso, OK
  • 2014–present Member, Field Science Team, Shaklee Corporation, Pleasanton, CA
  • 2014–present Partner, Waterways Health, Oxford, MS
  • 2014–2017 Member, Advisory Board, Union Springs Integrative Medicine, Fort Mitchell, KY

Lectures

2022: Mercer University-Atlanta

2021: University of Southern Mississippi, 73rd Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society-Birmingham

2020: 72nd Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society-New Orleans [cancelled due to COVID-19], University of Florida, remote to Gainesville

2019: 71st Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society-Savannah

2018: University of Mississippi-American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Chapter, University of Texas-San Antonio, Trinity University

2017: University of Georgia-Athens, Louisiana State University, Baylor University, Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Annual Conference, Health and Nutrition Science Symposium-Portsmouth, GnuPharma

2016: Shaklee Regional Conference-Chicago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shaklee Regional Conference-Minneapolis, University of Mississippi, Chapel Hill Science Symposium, University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, University of Oklahoma, University of Louisiana-Monroe

2015: National Institutes of Health Southeastern Regional IDeA Meeting-Biloxi

2014: Union Springs Integrative Medicines, University of Mississippi Medical Center

2013: 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting-New Orleans, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland-Baltimore, University of Mississippi, Eli Lilly and Company, 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting-Indianapolis, Halocarbon Products Corporation

2012: American Chemical Society 43rd Central Regional Meeting-Dearborn, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, Clemson University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, University of Michigan

2011: Illinois State University, Purdue University