School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

Dr. Cole Stevens

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by trippsop
Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy
Faser Hall 407


  • Ph.D. University of Ottawa, Canada


  • Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy
  • Research Associate Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr. Steven’s research program focuses on using natural product biosynthetic pathways to uncover unknown areas of chemical diversity and discover potential therapeutics. Natural products remain an exemplary source for therapeutics. In 2014, 25% of approved small-molecule drugs were natural products or derived from natural products. The group envisions our contribution to modern pharmacognosy as a multidisciplinary area of research that encompasses advanced microbiology to culture and cultivate non-typical bacteria, molecular biology to extract and exploit biosynthetic pathways from bacterial genomes, biochemistry to isolate and investigate enzymes from discovered biosynthetic pathways, and chemistry to appreciate and access the amazing chemical diversity supplied by Nature. In particular his group has a specific interest in natural products from “uncultivable” or “difficult” bacteria, as these are a yet untapped reservoir of new bioactive natural products. Students participating in this group will develop a diverse skill set and become independent researchers capable of working with bacterial natural products from genomic characterization to isolated molecule.