Ryan Altman

  • Associate Professor
  • School of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
Malott Hall, Room 4046A
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence 66045-7582


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health Fellow, University of California, Irvine, Irvine CA
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
  • B.S., Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, NE


Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2017 - present)
  • Courtesy Professor of Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2017 - present)
  • Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2017 - present)

Awards & Honors

  • The Rho Chi Society Excellence in Teaching Award (2018)
  • ChemComm Emerging Investigator (2017)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2015)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2015)
  • NIDA Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction (2015)
  • Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research Grantee​ (2012)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NSRA Postdoctoral Fellow (2008 - 2011)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NSRA Predoctoral Fellow (2007 - 2008)
  • Pfizer DOC Predoctoral Fellow (2006 - 2007)
  • MIT Institute Fellow (2003 - 2004)
  • Omaha World Herald and Creighton University Presidential Scholar (1999 - 2003)

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU