Tanner Schumacher

Professional Title
Graduate Student

Doctoral Student

Advisors: Dr. Venkatram Mereddy (Chemistry & Biochemistry); Dr. Jon Rumbley (University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth Campus)

Education: M.S. Chemistry - University of Minnesota, Duluth; B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - University of Minnesota, Duluth

Specialty Area: Medicinal Chemistry/Drug Discovery/Cancer Therapeutics

Thesis Research: In my research group we synthesize and evaluate novel therapeutic agents. Our main therapeutic target is cancer. In order to proliferate rapidly cancer requires a lot of energy. Because of this they often up-regulate and are over reliant on various metabolic pathways, with major metabolic pathways being glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation. A big project in our group is developing and evaluating metabolic inhibitors in hopes to cut off cancers energetic requirements leading to cancer cell death.