Doug Orsi is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry. He received a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in entrepreneurship (2012) from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During his time at Vanderbilt University he began exploring the physical and biomedical sciences, and discovered a love of intersectional research between Chemistry and Biology for developing new biomedical technologies. While working in a variety of research labs he recognized that synthetic organic chemistry to design new therapies was the area he wanted to pursue. Currently his Ph.D. research spans both new methodologies in Organofluorine Chemistry, while also developing new adjuvents for overcoming bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Orsi hopes to enter the pharmaceutical world, designing and making new therapies to improve the lives and health outcomes of people afflicted with a variety of diseases.
Mentor: Ryan A. Altman, Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry