Kingston’s Laboratory Research
Our lab uses a variety of approaches to develop drugs from natural products. We collaborate with biologists and microbiologists to discover and develop potential drugs for treatment of cancer, malaria, leishmaniasis, and human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), and we also work to develop improved methods of drug delivery.
These approaches are illustrated by the projects below.
Exploring the Merck library of natural products extracts to find and study potential new antimalarial agents.
Using novel bioassay to discover inhibitors of the proteasome
Using gold nanoparticles to deliver anticancer drugs directly to the tumor site.
The mission of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery (VTCDD) is:
To advance the growth and stature of drug discovery and delivery research at Virginia Tech
To assist VT faculty members initiate basic and applied drug discovery and delivery research
To foster a dynamic environment that promotes the recruitment of high quality faculty and students
To vigorously pursue continuing education and economic growth through outreach activities with industry and government agencies