Dennis Liotta, a faculty member at Emory University, will give the College of Pharmacy’s 2014 Chu Lecture March 19 at 11 a.m. in the Pharmacy South auditorium. Open free to the public, the lecture, “Nucleoside Analogs as RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase Inhibitors of Single Stranded RNA Viruses,” will be preceded by a reception at 10:30 a.m.
The Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, Liotta is an academic leader in the field of medicinal chemistry. In the mid-1980s, he initiated a research program in HIV therapeutics. The program led to the breakthrough drug Emtriva, which Liotta discovered with colleagues Raymond Schinazi and Woo-Baeg Choi. The FDA approved Emtriva for the treatment of HIV infection in 2003.
Sponsored by the pharmacy college’s pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences department, the annual lectureship brings internationally recognized leaders in drug discovery to UGA. It honors the accomplishments and contributions of David C.K. Chu, an emeritus Distinguished Research Professor in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences department.