Boobalan Pachaiyappan


Dr. Boobalan Pachaiyappan is a trained Medicinal Chemist whose research interest broadly lies on the interface of organic synthesis and computer-assisted drug design methods. He has worked on various therapeutic areas including Alzheimer’s, oncology, infection (antibacterial and antimalarial), and currently looking at ways to combat epilepsy. Boobalan has received several laurels including Robert M. Scarborough award for the Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry bestowed by the American Chemical Society, Innovation award from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Outstanding Young Investigator Award from Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

In addition to being actively involved in research, Boobalan served as the President of MUSC Postdoctoral Association (2012-2014) where he spearheaded various career, networking and advocacy-related events. His articles such as Postdocs or Data-Producing-Humanoids, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Parallel Universe, and Postdoctoral Training – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly carefully inspects the fallacies in the current Postdoctoral training model and were highly regarded by his peers and faculty members. Previously, he served as the Chair of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists where he fostered interaction among students by promoting knowledge enhancement, career advancement and networking

Research Interest

Design, syntheses and development of biologically-active molecules based on target X-ray crystal structure, computer-assisted modeling techniques, structure-activity relationships and biological data