Bernie Santarsiero


I am gay and I am a biochemist.//


I’m a structural chemist and structural biologist with a focus on developing new approaches towards drug discovery, especially in the area of infectious disease, cancer chemoprevention, and natural products. I co-founded a small drug discovery company, Syrrx, with a focus on diabetes more than a decade below based on the development of new instrumentation for high-throughput cloning, protein expression, crystal growth, x-ray diffraction data collection, and structure determination. I’ve fostered new programs at UIC to increase the success of students in STEM and biomedical research over the past decade with a focus on underrepresented, marginalized, and disadvantaged students.