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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Amanda Waters received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi in 2014.  During the course of her studies, she became passionate about natural products drug discovery.  Her dissertation work focused on elucidating and synthesizing the structure of new Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) toxins as well as analyzing their biological activity and impact on the environment.  After spending 2 years working as a postdoctoral cancer research training fellow at the National Institutes of Health where she worked on bioassay guided natural product drug discovery for various types of cancers, she joined the faculty at UCO in 2016.  Her research interests focus on the discovery of new natural products for the treatment of various cancers and infectious diseases.  The majority of her research projects involve the isolation and elucidation of new biologically active chemical entities from marine and microbial sources such as marine invertebrates, bacteria and fungi.  While the majority of her work is focused on human health, she is also looking for the opportunity to apply natural product discovery to other applications such as agriculture and industry.

Education and Certifications

Graduated from Altus High School, Altus Oklahoma

B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi

Postdoctoral Studies at National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health

Classes Taught

CHEM 1103: General Chemistry I

CHEM 1112: General Chemistry I Recitation and Laboratory

CHEM 1223: General Chemistry II

CHEM 3703: Theory and Practice of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

CHEM 4910: Seminar in Medicinal Chemistry

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