Amanda Fenner, Post Doc
Amanda is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Gerwick lab. Her research interests include the design and development of drugs targeting neglected diseases, including malaria, cancer, and trypanosomal diseases.
As a graduate student, Amanda did an externship with the Gerwick lab Panama ICBG program that isolates active compounds from Panamanian natural products to treat diseases prevalent in Panama. Her research interests also include using medicinal chemistry to optimize lead compounds to reduce toxicity and increase biological activity and receptor specificity. Primarily, her work in this area has focused on carbohydrate anti-infective agents. Her current work combines her medicinal chemistry background with natural product isolation and structure elucidation to optimize lead compounds from Panamanian cyanobacteria to target cancer cell growth and protease inhibition. Amanda earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from Luther College, Decorah, IA (2006) and a PhD in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry with Dr. Robert Kerns from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2011).
. Amanda is now working at the University of Hawaii