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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

--Vince Lombardi

Adam S. Duerfeldt, Ph.D.

Adam DuerfeldtAppointments

  • Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (2014-present)
  • Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Bioscience, Center for Applied Research & Development (2016-present)


  • B.A. in Chemistry, Central College (Pella, IA), 2006
  • Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 2011
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA), 2011–2014


  • 2017 University of Oklahoma CBR Outstanding Professor of the Year
  • 2017 ACS Jack L. Beal Award
  • 2016 University of Oklahoma CAS Junior Faculty Fellowship Award
  • 2015 University of Oklahoma Inaugural Faculty Leadership Academy Fellow
  • 2015 American Cancer Society Special Friend: Researcher Award
  • 2015 University of Oklahoma VPR Junior Faculty Fellowship Award
  • 2013 Elsevier Top 10 Reviewer for Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • 2011 The University of Kansas Irsay-Dahle Award
  • 2009 The University of Kansas Cancer Symposium Excellence in Research Award

Adam's Full CV

Our Team

Xiaozheng Dou

Graduate Student

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2011, Qingdao University
M.S. in Chemistry, 2015, Missouri State University
xiaozheng [dot] dou-1 [at] ou [dot] edu

Jessica J. Gardner

Graduate Student

B.S. in Chemistry, 2015, Rocky Mountain College
jessica [dot] hayes [at] ou [dot] edu

Quentin P. Avila

Graduate Student

M.S. in Engineering, 2016, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont–Ferrrand (ENSCCF), France
M.S. in Chemistry, 2016, University of Oklahoma
quentin [dot] ibere [at] gmail [dot] com

April Aloway

Graduate Student

B.S. in Chemistry, 2008, St. Xavier University
M.S. in Biotechnology, 2012, Roosevelt University
M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2016, University of Louisville
april [dot] f [dot] aloway-1 [at] ou [dot] edu

Julia Lee

Graduate Student

B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, Tunghai University
julialee [at] ou [dot] edu

Quentin Gibaut

Graduate Student

H.N.D. in Chemistry, 2017, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
quentin [dot] gibaut [at] ou [dot] edu

Ziwei Hu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

B.S. in Pharmacy, 2009, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2014, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health
ziwei [dot] hu [at] ou [dot] edu

Cat Bishop

Research Scientist

B.S. in Biology, 2004, East Central University
M.S. in Environmental Studies/Toxicology, 2006, Louisiana State University
Ph.D. in Microbiology, 2013, University of Oklahoma
catbishop [at] ou [dot] edu

Jessica Knobbe

Undergraduate Researcher

Norman, OK

Karla Bonic

Undergraduate Researcher

Norman, OK

Anh Hoang

Undergraduate Researcher - FYRE

Norman, OK

Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Associates
Dinesh Nath, Ph.D. - Research Specialist III at Moffit Cancer Center
Yangxiong Li, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OUHSC
Gopal Peddabuddi, Ph.D. - Research Scientist at Accele BioPharma

Graduate Research Assistants
Nathan P. Lavey, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at National Cancer Institute - NIH
Hailee Rau
Apryl Saunders, M.S. - Research Assistant II - Dean McGee Eye Institute

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jesse Coker - Graduate Student at Oxford
Yanji (Cici) Zhou - Medical Student at Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Tristan Lilley
Delaney Finn
Josie Smith
Ryan Johnston (FYRE)
Sean Nguyen (FYRE)
Erich Thalacker (REU)
Joshua Lujan - Medical Student at University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dat Truong - Medical Student at UT Southwestern