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February 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Deanna Montgomery (’14), who earned her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2019 and is currently employed at MIT, will share about her work in Science & Math Colloquium.
Abstract: In recent years, opioids have become a household name because of the ongoing opioid crisis. However, the word “opioid” refers not only to addictive painkillers but to an entire class of molecules which interact with the human body in a specific way. Many different kinds of opioids are currently used and being explored for future use to treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders, including pain, digestive distress, and addiction. This talk, which describes work at the interface of chemistry and biology, will focus on the development of new opioids based on a particular chemical structure. These opioids, which interact with two of the three main types of opioid receptors, represent progress towards the development of a treatment for cocaine addiction.