Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Chair
Department of Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences
Office: CSP 317
James J. Knittel received his B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York College at Brockport. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry) from the University of Connecticut. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, he became an assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Rutgers University College of harmacy. In 1985 he moved to the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. In addition to his appointment at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Knittel also became a member of the Genome Research Institute there in 2004.
Dr. Knittel has conducted research in the area of peptide hormone structure activity relationships, design of peptidomimetics, and computer assisted drug design. He has been funded by NIH, American Diabetes Association, The Skin Cancer Foundation, and has also received funding from industry (Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and the former Marion Merrell Dow Research Institute). Dr. Knittel has published and presented his research in peer reviewed journals as well as presenting at national and international venues. He has received the Rho Chi Faculty Excellence Award three times and the First Professional Year Faculty Excellence Award twice for outstanding teaching. Dr. Knittel has been active in professional organizations, serving as chair of the Section of Chemistry of AACP and as treasurer, chair, chair-elect, and Alternate Councilor of the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society.