Ryan Altman

School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Malott Hall
Room 4046A
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582


Professor Ryan A. Altman received his B.S. in chemistry from Creighton University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. He completed his training at the University of California, Irvine as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow from 2008–2011.


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Chemistry, Creighton University


The Altman laboratory is focused on: (1) Developing new fluorination reactions that can be employed for preparing biological probes and therapeutic candidates; (2) Exploring physicochemical and biophysical perturbations imparted by fluorinated substructures, particularly within the context of neurotherapeutics; (3) Studying the metabolism of tryptophan and its role in the immune response to various cancers; (4) Developing small molecule adjuvants that overcome bacterial resistance to antibiotics.


2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU