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Profile: Louis Williams

Louis Williams
Louis Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
549 Science and Research Building 2
Houston, TX 77204-5037
713-743-1229 (fax)


B.S. University of Pittsburgh
M.S. University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, isolation, and structure determination of biologically interesting substances from natural and synthetic sources, e.g. potential anti-microbial and/or anticancer drugs
  • Developing innovative teaching methodology for better integration of Medicinal Chemistry into the basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences.

Awards & Honors

  • Houston Alumni Organization: Outstanding Faculty Excellence Award, 1999
  • The "Mr. Holland's Opus" Award, presented by the December Class of 1996, in recognition for the highest commitment to educate and provide directions to students.
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy, "Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award."
  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy, 1994-95
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society, 1991, 94’, 95’-97’ & 2001
  • Faculty of the Year, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy, 1990-91
  • Fulbright Senior Research and Teaching Scholar, Continued Multidisciplinary Investigations on the Medicinal Properties of Natural Products, 1985
  • Fulbright Senior Research and Teaching Scholar, Multidisciplinary Investigations on the Medicinal Properties of Natural Products, 1983
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston, 1978
  • Outstanding Young Man of America, 1975
  • Professional Pre-doctoral Fellow, 1973-74
  • Bristol Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1967


  • PHAR 4350, 4351 Skills Lab I & II
  • PHAR 5702, 5703 Pharmacodynamics I & II
  • PHAR 5352, 5353 Skills Lab III, Pharmacodynamics
  • PHAR 5307 Herbal Medicine (Elective)


  • American Chemical Society, Medicinal Chemistry Division
  • American Pharmaceutical Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society of Mass Spectroscopy
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society
  • Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
  • The American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • The Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • The Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy National Leadership Honor Society