William D. Picking, Ph.D.

School of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Director, Higuchi Biosciences Center Director, Kansas Vaccine Institute
Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Primary office:
Multidisciplinary Research Building
Room 320B
University of Kansas
2030 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Second office:
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories
Room 108


Distinguished Professor Picking earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He is the director of the Kansas Vaccine Development Center and director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center.


Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemistry), University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., Microbiology, Kansas University

B.S., Microbiology, Kansas State University


My courses touch upon the molecular basis for infectious diseases and the generation of preventative measures against infection. This includes identification of vaccine targets and the development of vaccines. Additional courses I am involved with are Topics in Scientific Integrity and Clinical Chemistry. My teaching methods span from traditional didactic delivery of material to group discussion and course "flipping".

Teaching Interests

  • Vaccines
  • Pathogenic Microbiology


Molecular biology; bacterial pathogenesis; vaccine target discovery; vaccine development; protein biochemistry; structural biology

Research Interests

  • Vaccines
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Bacteriology


Director of the HBC; University/School committee service; professional service (funding application review and peer review for journals); Outreach as Director of the KVI.

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