Rodney L Nyland
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Rodney Nyland joined South College School of Pharmacy in 2011. Dr. Nyland brings with him a collection of experiences and skills in cancer biology, medicinal chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. After receiving degrees in chemistry and biomedical sciences from Grand Valley State University, Dr. Nyland received his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Purdue University. Most recently, Dr. Nyland was a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where his work focused on synthetic inhibitors and mechanistic probes of non-mammalian isoprenoid biosynthesis. Through graduate school and postdoctoral positions Dr. Nyland has worked to design and synthesize inhibitors targeting cancer, malaria, and autoimmune disease. At South College, Dr. Nyland is excited to again pursue his primary interests in the design and synthesis of anti-cancer agents, as well as developing novel prodrug delivery strategies. Additional research is planned focusing on neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s disease, through development of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) analogs. Furthermore, with great interest in graduate teaching, the ability to help develop and deliver new curriculum at South College is an exceptional opportunity.