Dr. Todd Ryder

General 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 include the design and synthesis of novel, biologically-active molecules with potential applications as therapeutic agents or research tools to investigate complex biological systems.

 My research interests are focused on medicinal chemistry and chemical genomics. 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: Jennings Hall 343A
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  



Research Scientist I/II (2006 - 2012), Institute for Pharmaceutical Discovery
Associate Scientist, Neuroscience Chemistry (1996 - 2000) , Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research / Pfizer
Adjunct Faculty Member (1997), Schoolcraft Community College, Livonia, MI
Synthetic and Physical Organic Chemistry Internships (1991 - 1994), Eastman Kodak Company

CHE 101 - Chemistry in Contemporary Issues Laboratory   
CHE 103 - Crime Scene Chemistry Laboratory                                                 
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHE 121 - General Chemistry II Laboratory