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051 Career100-Becoming a Medicinal Chemist- An Interview with Romyr Dominique

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Among many things that humans discovered, Medicinal Chemistry is one of the best. But this discovery won’t be possible without the expertise and brilliance of those scientists, who spent countless hours at laboratories studying, trying to provide cure to different illnesses, and helping prolong lives of many people. Medicinal chemists are among those people who devote themselves in this effort. In this edition of The Career 100 Podcast, join Felicia Gopaul with Medicinal Chemist Romyr Dominique as he talks about his career and how people can learn from his experience.

Romyr Dominique is a highly motivated synthetic chemist with extensive hands-on bench experience in designing, planning, and synthesizing drug candidate molecules for drug discovery programs. Romyr was born in Montreal, Canada. He obtained a baccalaureate in Biochemistry from the University of Montreal and a PhD from the University of Ottawa. He then went on to complete his postdoctoral studies at the Scripps research institute in San Diego. Shortly after his post doctorate, he was offered a position at Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, NJ as a medicinal chemist where he worked on cutting-edge drug discovery projects in oncology, metabolic diseases, and inflammation. His field of interests include fragment-based drug discovery (FBDD), lead generation, solution phase parallel synthesis, lead optimization, structure-based design, Hit-to-lead, and SAR, among others.

Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:

– Romyr’s interest toward the “chemistry of life” and how it pushed him to study Chemistry and later on, medicinal chemistry
– How his fascination about chemistry impacted his career as a medicinal chemist
– His major achievements as a Medicinal Chemist
– The obstacles and challenges that medicinal chemists deal with everyday and how they address these concerns
– Medicinal Chemists’ major contributions to society
– How creativity plays an important role in being a Medicinal Chemist
– Why this is considered as one of the Top 100 Careers of the decade

Every medicine a person takes to relieve whatever ailment he is going through, is a product of sleepless nights and hard labor of many people. Medicinal Chemists know that their work deals with people’s lives, and so they are more than willing to devote their time, effort, and expertise in this field. If you want to know more, don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 Podcast.

If you want to know more about Romyr Dominique, or you want to get hold of him, you may visit his LinkedIn Page. You can also reach him via Twitter.

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