Blake Peterson

  • Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
  • School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
Shankel Structural Biology Center, Room 1045
University of Kansas
2034 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1995 - 1998)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV


Distinguished Professor Blake Peterson earned a a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1995-1998, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar in 2003, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar in 2003. He was elected as a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013.

Research Overview

The Peterson laboratory pursues interdisciplinary research in the fields of bioorganic/medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. We create and study anticancer agents, antiviral agents, molecular probes, tools for target identification, and systems for drug delivery. Expertise includes synthesis of steroids, lipids, nucleosides, peptides, heterocycles, fluorophores, and protein conjugates, and evaluation of these agents in biochemical assays, whole cells, and animal models.

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Anticancer Agents
  • Drug Delivery Systems

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