Hariprasad Vankayalapati, Ph.D., M. Pharm

Research Interests

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Small Molecule Targeted Drug Discovery
  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics
  • Kinase Inhibitors
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Design and Synthesis of Targeted Cancer Drugs
  • Epigenetics in Cancer
  • Computational Sciences
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Transcription Factors

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Telugu

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Research Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Oncology

Academic Office Information

  • (801) 587-4562
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Center for Investigational Therapeutics
    2000 Circle of Hope, Room: 3312
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Dr. Hariprasad Vankayalapati, PhD., M.Pharm.
Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Hari is currently serving as Assistant Professor/Chief Scientist of Medicinal Chemistry at the Center for Investigational Therapeutics (CIT) of The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) & School of Medicine of University Of Utah in Salt Lake City since 2009. With a support from Huntsman Cancer Institute and CIT group, Dr. Hari established a Medicinal/Organic/Computational Chemistry capabilities and successfully executed/executing the translational research in search for novel cancer therapeutics. His focus mainly on target validation, druggability and early Discovery to IND stage of Development of novel cancer therapeutics. From 2006-2009 Dr. Hari served as Chief Scientist at the SuperGen/Astex Pharmaceuticals (now Otsuka Pharmaceuticals). From 2003-2006 he was serving as Program Director of Medicinal Chemistry for early Discovery/Development and was key in creating several pipeline of pre-clinical programs, CLIMB technology and co-founded Montigen Pharmaceuticals in year 2003 with an initial Series B rise of 5 million. Later in year 2006 Montigen was acquired by SuperGen Inc., for 40 million where Dr. Hari played a key role in bringing science/technology in this deal transaction. Dr. Hari’s involvement over the years in Drug Discovery/Development, and his leadership lead to the discovery of first-in-class three clinical drug candidates; Amuvatinib/MP-470, SGI-1776 and S-110 into clinical Phase I & II trials.
Dr. Hari is also serving as Founder, Chief Scientific Officer & Scientific Advisory Board Member of Arrien Pharmaceuticals, Alveus Pharmaceuticals and consulting Medicinal Chemistry with few early stage Pharmaceutical Companies. He is an author of more than 70 peer reviewed scientific publications & presentations in Medicinal, Organic, Computational Chemistry and Drug Discovery areas. He is an inventor of over 23 published/issued US/WO patents. He holds PhD. and M. Pharm degrees in Medicinal Chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology (formally UDCT) of University of Mumbai and University of Karnatk in India. He completed his Post-Doctoral training in Organic Chemistry from University of Sunderland in England and Medicinal Chemistry from University of Arizona Cancer Center, USA.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Medicinal Chemistry
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Sunderland, School of Health Sciences
Organic Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, Formally UDCT), University of Bombay
Medicinal Chemistry
Ph.D.
Graduate Training K.L.E’s College of Pharmacy, Karnataka University
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
M.S.
Undergraduate H.K.E’s College of Pharmacy, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga
Pharmaceutical Sciences
B.S.

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Sunderland, School of Health Sciences
Organic Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow United Kingdom
Doctoral Training Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, Formally UDCT), University of Bombay
Medicinal Chemistry
Ph.D. India
Graduate Training K.L.E’s College of Pharmacy, Karnataka University
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
M.S. India
Undergraduate H.K.E’s College of Pharmacy, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga
Pharmaceutical Sciences
B.S. India