University of South Florida
Professor Jinfeng Cai is Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Florida. He earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, 2006, under Professor John-Stephen A. Taylor, and did his Postdoctoral Associate time at Yale University with Professor Andrew D. Hamilton
The research in the Cai laboratory is focused on the expansion of interdisciplinary research at the interface of chemistry and biology to discover novel peptidomimetics and other small molecules that modulate protein-protein interactions involved in critical cellular processes. Understanding how these compounds interact with proteins will help to reveal mechanisms governing cell activities. Lab members are particularly interested in developing compounds that lead to the design of novel therapeutics potentially targeting cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, et cetera.