Drug Discovery Institute - University of Houston
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Discovering and designing novel drugs to improve health outcomes.

Through a cross-disciplinary approach, the UH Drug Discovery Institute will integrate new technologies, such as AI, to streamline and modernize the drug-discovery process.

Undergraduate Research Programs

The UH Drug Discovery Institute is developing several programs to provide students with the tools, resources and knowledge to pursue careers in research for the development of novel drugs for unmet medical needs.

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    UH-HEART Program

    Funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), the UH-HEART program provides summer research experiences that prepare participants for future careers in cardiovascular-related research. All eligible students are invited to apply!

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Research Capabilities

The University of Houston has far-reaching research across disciplines that focuses on a variety of impact areas, such as cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, neurological disorders, mental health, substance abuse, women’s health and more. Nearly 100 faculty university-wide are working on drug discovery-related research.
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  • A close-up image of acell being injected with a needle.


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    Drug Delivery

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    Medicinal Chemistry

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  • A pharmacist extracts chemicals from a test tube.


  • A scientist targets a cell for treatment with a chemical.

    Target Modification

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    Treatment Programs


Become a part of UH’s newest institute focused on the development of novel drugs for unmet medical needs!