- Ph.D. University of New Brunswick
- B.S. University of New Brunswick
- Associate Dean of the Graduate School
- Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
- Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
His research specialty is computational medicinal chemistry, which includes computational studies on the properties of small molecules and of proteins as well as of calculations on the interactions of proteins with small molecules or other proteins. His research has focused on protein kinases and on small molecules and protein targets of relevance to a variety of human diseases such as malaria, hepatitis B, ischemia, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Robert J. Doerksen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and spent time growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; and Cambridge, England, UK. He obtained a Double First Class Honours Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from University of New Brunswick (UNB), a graduate level Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and a PhD in Chemistry from UNB, under the guidance of Prof. Ajit Thakkar, specializing in computational physical chemistry. He proceeded to postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, with Prof. Martin Head-Gordon, and in the Department of Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania (Philadephia, PA, USA), with Prof. Michael Klein. Since 2004, he has been at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, USA, first as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, then as an associate professor, and currently as a professor of medicinal chemistry in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences. Doerksen also is a research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. He is Director of the GlyCORE Computational Chemistry and Bioinformatics Research CORE (CCBRC). In 2017, he was appointed as Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
Dr. Doerksen’s list of publications can be found in his Google Scholar entry: Dr. Doerksen Publications