Tim Cernak

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., McGill University
PostDoc, Columbia University

Research Focus: Exploring chemical synthesis with informatics and big data

Phone: 734.615.2178
E-mail: tcernak@umich.edu

The Cernak Lab studies the interface of chemical synthesis and computer science. The functional and biological properties of a small molecule are encoded within its structure so synthetic strategies that access diverse structures are paramount to the invention of novel functional molecules such as biological probes, materials or pharmaceuticals. We aim to use algorithms, robotics and big data to study new chemical reactions, synthetic routes to natural products, and small molecule probes to answer questions in basic biology. Our lab employs informatics in reaction discovery, total synthesis, cell imaging and medicinal chemistry studies. Researchers in the group learn high-throughput chemical and biochemical experimentation, basic coding, and modern synthetic techniques. By studying the relationship of chemical synthesis to functional properties, we pursue the opportunity to positively impact human health.