William Fenical (Bill) received his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, and then joined the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC-San Diego, in 1973. Bill is currently Distinguished Professor of Oceanography and Pharmaceutical Science, and Founding Director of SIO’s Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Bill’s research interests have focused on the field of marine natural products chemistry. For the past 25+ years his interests have been to develop marine microbial resources for the utilization of marine microorganisms as a source for new drug discovery. His efforts have resulted in the advancement of two drugs, currently in late phase III human trials for the treatment of glioblastoma brain and non-small cell lung cancers. He has discovered several potent new antibiotics and has a current research effort to discover marine microbial drugs for the control of COVID-19. Bill has co-authored more than 490 papers in this field and has served on the advisory boards of 8 major journals.
Bill has received numerous awards, among them the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Riverside, the Paul Scheuer Award in Marine Natural Products Chemistry, the Silver Medal Award from the International Society of Chemical Ecology, the National Cancer Institute’s Merit Award, the American Chemical Society’s Ernest Guenther Award for the Study of Natural Products and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy. In 2008, Bill was elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Science, and in 2015 he was honored as Scientist of the Year by the San Diego Regional American Chemical Society. More recently Bill was nominated as a member of the Sigma Xi Honor Society.
Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Donald G. Comb Science Director Andrea Bodnar.