• 2021_Mitsch_Lecture

    2021 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

    On Transformation of the Drug Discovery Process: A Talk in Three Parts

    Guest Lecturer

    Marti S. HeadDr. Marti S. Head 
    director, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee
    former senior director, The Noldor at GlaxoSmithKline 
    PhD in chemistry, Duke University (1995) 
    bachelor of science in chemistry, Hamline University (1991) 

    The lecture was held Friday, April 2, 2021.


    Dr. Head is the director of the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, a collaborative effort of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. She holds a BS in chemistry from Hamline University (1991) and a PhD in chemistry from Duke University (1995). She is listed as an inventor on multiple drug discovery patents and has authored numerous publications, presentations, and book chapters in computational and medicinal chemistry.

  • About the Mitsch Lectures in Chemistry

    The 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lectures in Chemistry are part of the 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Endowed Fund in Chemistry, established in 1998 by the 3M Foundation in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Mitsch. The fund is intended to promote new connections and pioneering efforts between education and industry as an essential basis for the education of chemists who are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century and beyond. Dr. Mitsch, a 1956 graduate of Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts, began his career at 3M in 1960 as a research chemist. He earned 19 patents.

    In 1998, he retired from 3M as vice chairman of the board and executive vice president of the Industrial and Consumer Sector, Corporate Services. He is a Hamline University life trustee.

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