Dr. Todd Ryder

General Chemistry / organic chemistry /     medicinal Chemistry 


Todd Ryder


I am an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at Southern Connecticut State University. My teaching responsibilities are in the areas of organic chemistry, general chemistry, and biochemistry. I am also the undergraduate coordinator for CHE 101, 103, and 125.

My research interests are focused on organic and medicinal chemistry. In particular, I am interested in the design and synthesis of novel, biologically-active molecules with the potential to address unmet medical needs. These molecules can serve as a starting point for drug discovery and as valuable research tools to investigate complex biological systems.
In this context, students in my lab have the opportunity to develop skills in synthetic organic chemistry, ligand design, and the interpretation of biological screening data. We use a variety of techniques such as molecular modeling, traditional and parallel organic synthesis, flash chromatography, HPLC, NMR, and MS. Therapeutic areas of interest include cancer, inflammation, and neuroscience.


Office: Academic Science Building 340E
Email: rydert1@southernct.edu
Phone: (203) 392-6264
Fax: (203) 392-6396


Ph.D. in Chemistry (2006), University of Rochester                                         
M.S. in Chemistry (1996), University of Michigan                                             
B.A. in Chemistry and Biology (1994), Cornell University  



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CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
CHE 121 - General Chemistry II
CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II
CHE 458 - Drug Discovery
CHE 500 - Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHE 501 - Advanced Organic Chemistry II