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WSU CPPS Drug Discovery and Evaluation Workshop

August 9 - August 11

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) Drug Discovery and Evaluation Workshop (DDEW) at Washington State University provides an inside look at how drugs are discovered and developed, from finding a target to evaluation of drug safety and efficacy in the clinic. This workshop is intended to provide a broad overview of the drug discovery process for undergraduate- and masters-level students who are interested in learning how drugs are designed, developed, evaluated, and translated into medicines.

Program Description

The Drug Discovery and Evaluation Workshop is a three-day event beginning on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, and continuing to Friday, August 11, 2023. Day 1 will be broken up into morning informational sessions, afternoon research and core facility lab tours, followed by afternoon informational sessions. Optional Day 2 (Thursday, August 12) is the CPPS Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting. This is a unique opportunity for students to hear from, and interact with, representatives from many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Merck, Genentech, Bristol Myers Squibb, Gilead, Takeda, and more. Optional Day 3 (Friday, August 13) is the CPPS “Research Day.” Research day highlights the research being performed throughout the CPPS. The day consists of oral and poster presentations from WSU CPPS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) awardees, graduate students, and post docs.

Important Dates:

  • Registration and supporting materials are due by midnight Tuesday, August 8, 2023.
  • Program dates are August 9 -11, 2023.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Up to 30 slots are available.

Who is eligible:

  • Undergraduate- or Masters-level students from Community Colleges and Universities are eligible to attend the workshop.
  • High school students interested in pharmaceutical and biomedical careers can attend the Wednesday, August 9 events as a Zoom Webinar.
  • Preference will be given to students from the Pacific Northwest.

Register here: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6J78TmE8OAgvng2

Questions? Contact, Dr. Travis T. Denton

Phone: 509-368-6624
Fax: 509-368-6673

Detailed Program Description
Wed, Aug 9 Topic Topic Leader
8:30-9:00 Overview of Drug discovery and development. Dr. Travis T. Denton
9:00-9:30 Drug target identification Dr. Senthil Natesan
9:30-10:00 In silico lead identification Dr. Senthil Natesan
10:00-10:30 Chemistry of drugs Dr. Travis T. Denton
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:05 Evaluation of drugs in test tubes and in animals: Efficacy Dr. Bhagwat Prasad
11:05-11:30 Evaluation of drugs in test tubes and in animals: Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion Dr. Bhagwat Prasad
11:30-12:00 Evaluation of drugs in test tubes and in animals: Toxicity Dr. John Clark
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Lab tours:

  • Synthetic chemistry lab
  • Modeling & Simulation Lab
  • Mass Spec Service Center – Analytical approaches in drug discovery and drug evaluation

NMR core facility – Molecule identification using high-resolution spectroscopy

Graduate Students and Post Docs from the:

  • Denton Lab
  • Natesan Lab
  • Prasad Lab
  • Denton lab
3:00-3:30 Testing the new drug in people: Clinical Trials TBD
3:30-4:00 Clinical evaluation of drug-drug interactions TBD
4:00-4:30 Summary of the drug discovery and drug evaluation process Dr. Bhagwat Prasad
4:30-5:00 Closing-Socrative game? Dr. Travis T. Denton


Thur, Aug 10 Topic Topic Leader
9:00-10:00 WSU CPPS Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Plenary talk Dr. Katherine Tuttle, Executive Director for Research, Providence Inland Northwest Health
10:00-4:00 WSU CPPS Faculty Presentations

IAB Panel Discussions:

  • AI in drug discovery and evaluation
  • Undergraduate opportunities in industry
WSU CPPS Faculty

All IAB members


Fri, Aug 11 Topic Topic Leader
10:00-4:00 WSU CPPS Research Day:

  • Plenary Talk
  • Graduate Student Presentations
  • Post Doc Presentations
  • Lunch
  • Poster Presentations


WSU CPPS Research Day

Dr. Katherine Tuttle, Executive Director for Research, Providence Inland Northwest Health

WSU CPPS Graduate Students

WSU CPPS Post Docs


CPPS Graduate students and post docs


August 9
August 11


Travis Denton


WSU Spokane, PBS Lobby
205 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202 United States
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