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Welcome To VTCDD

The Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery (VTCDD) is an interdisciplinary group committed to continuing the growth and advancing the stature of the existing drug discovery and development programs at Virginia Tech. We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high quality students, actively initiates and conducts timely research at both the basic and applied levels, and vigorously pursues continuing education and economic growth through outreach activities with industry and government agencies.

VTCDD is led by a steering committee. Responsibilities of the committee include providing strategic direction, serving as a liaison with the university, coordinating VTCDD operations, overseeing finances, and working with intellectual property owners.


  • Provide a visible presence for Virginia Tech in the drug discovery and drug delivery areas
  • Facilitate and promote high impact collaborative research
  • Attract support from industry, foundations, and private donors
  • Provide basic drug screening services to aid the Virginia Tech research community in drug discovery
  • Facilitate and strengthen submission of major multi-PI funding applications to federal sponsors, private foundations, the State, and industrial firms or consortia
  • Attract high-quality graduate students in drug discovery and delivery research to Virginia Tech
  • Strengthen graduate and undergraduate active learning in drug discovery, development, and delivery research

John S. Lazo, Ph.D.
Harrison Distinguished Professor, Departments of Pharmacology & Chemistry,  and Associate Dean for Basic Research, University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Dr. Lazo’s  primary research focus is on the mechanism of action of small molecules and on the fundamental biological role of protein tyrosine phosphatases.

Allen Reitz, Ph.D.
Reitz is Foundation Distinguished Professor of the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research (IHVR). He has three decades of experience in the area of medicinal chemistry, including 26 years with Johnson & Johnson.

J. Paul Waymack, M.D., Sc.D.
Dr. Paul Waymack, MD, ScD, is the chairman of the board and chief medical officer of Kitov Pharmaceuticals: a publicly traded biotechnology company.  Dr. Waymack also serves on the board of directors and the board of advisors of a number of other corporations.  He previously was an associate professor at the New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry and was a Medical Reviewer at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

What We’re Made Of

Faculty 43
Post Docs 23
Grad Students 127
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