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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

Nathan P. Lavey

Graduate Student

B.S. in Biochemistry, 2011, The University of New Hampshire
nathan [dot] p [dot] lavey-1 [at] ou [dot] edu

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

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

Jessica J. Hayes

Graduate Student

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

Dinesh Nath

Postdoctoral Research Associate

B.S. in Chemistry, 2000, Chaudhary Charan Singh University
M.S. in Chemistry, 2003, Chaudhary Charan Singh University
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2013, Duquesne University
dinesh [dot] nath-1 [at] ou [dot] edu

Jessica Knobbe

Undergraduate Researcher

Norman, OK

Dat Truong

Undergraduate Researcher

Oklahoma City, OK

Karla Bonic

Undergraduate Researcher

Norman, OK

Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Associates
Yangxiong Li, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OUHSC
Gopal Peddabuddi, Ph.D. - Research Scientist at Accele BioPharma

Graduate Research Assistants
Hailee Rau
Apryl Saunders

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jesse Coker - Graduate Student at Oxford
Yanji (Cici) Zhou - Medical Student at Okalhoma Health Sciences Center
Tristan Lilley
Delaney Finn
Josie Smith
Ryan Johnston (FYRE)
Sean Nguyen (FYRE)
Erich Thalacker (REU)
Joshua Lujan