Dr. Best earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas, and he completed postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. In 2005, Dr. Best began his independent career at the University of Tennessee, where he is currently a Paul and Wilma Ziegler Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Graduate Studies, and is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award. His research interests primarily entail the design, synthesis and application of small organic molecule probes to characterize disease-related biological properties. Examples include the development of lipid probes for characterizing biological activity and the unnatural lipids for drug delivery applications.
Focus Areas: Bio-organic Chemistry | Synthetic Chemistry | Medicinal Chemistry| Characterization of Cell Membrane Binding Events
Skills and Expertise: Synthetic Organic Chemistry | Activity-Based Protein Profiling | Microarray Analysis | High-Throughput Assays