University of Nebraska Medical Center

Martin Conda-Sheridan, PhD

Associate Professor


Martin Conda-Sheridan
Research Activities/Interests
My main interests are the design of complex multifunctional biomaterials and bioactive small molecules for medicinal applications. The first area focuses on the preparation of self-assembling biomaterials with therapeutic potential against cancer and infectious diseases. These biomaterials will function as supramolecular drugs (nanodrugs) or as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of novel small molecules. A second area of interest deals with the computer-aided rational drug design and synthesis of heterocyclic small molecules to treat bacterial infections and cancer. In order to do this my lab will get clues from nature and merge the principles of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry in order to synthesize the molecules and improve their biological activity. Students in my lab will gain skills in diverse areas: computer-aided drug design, classic organic synthesis (including organometallic and peptide chemistry), traditional medicinal chemistry, and material sciences. They will learn analytical and spectroscopic techniques, such as HPLC, IR, NMR, UV-Vis, ESI-MS, MALDI, DLS, Fluorescence microscopy, TEM, and CD.
Teaching Activities
I am interested in teaching and developing courses in the general areas of Medicinal chemistry, Organic synthesis, Biomaterials, and Drug delivery.