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Joanna E. Burdette, PHD

Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Associate Dean for Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences College of Pharmacy

BIRCWH Internal Advisory Board, BIRCWH Mentor


Dr. Joanna E. Burdette is currently a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Pharmacy at UIC. She serves as the Associate Director of the CCTS KL2 mentoring program for junior faculty at UIC. In this role, Dr. Burdette actively mentors assistant professors across seven health science colleges in translational science and navigating the tenure system. From 2014-2017, she was the co-director of the UIC NIH K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, and she is former BIRCWH scholar. In 2013, Dr. Burdette was named the UIC Rising Star and in 2020 Research of the Year in the basic life sciences. Her research focuses on women’s health. Specifically, she investigates the origins of ovarian cancer and work with natural products as a source of chemical probes and new anti-cancer agents. She also integrates microfluidics, drug discovery, and tissue engineering to study aspects of tumorigenesis from the fallopian tube, which is now believed to be the source of high-grade serous ovarian cancer.