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Timmermann taking reins of COBRE grant

Medicinal chemistry chair to oversee grant following Georg's departure

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Barbara Timmermann

Barbara Timmermann, university distinguished professor and chair of medicinal chemistry, will take the reins of a multi-million dollar grant to mentor cancer researchers at KU and across the state. The grant will be transferred to her because Gunda Georg, university distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry, has announced she is leaving KU.

Timmermann was recruited to KU from the University of Arizona, where she held a regents' professorship. She is well-known for her work in bioprospecting, the science of discovering new medicines from plants. She has worked with international governments to promote economic growth while conserving natural resources.

In October, Georg secured renewal of a $10.4 million grant form the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program, part of the National Institutes of Health. It is staying with KU because it was awarded to the university.

The grant brings together researchers, who work through the therapeutics center from KU, the KU Medical Center, Kansas State University, Wichita State University and Emporia State University. The grant emphasizes developing research efforts of promising junior faculty members.