August 24, 2000 Geneva, NY-Carol Parish, professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was recently awarded $25,000 in a grant from the American Chemical Society. The grant will fund her investigation of the molecular behavior of HIV drugs.
Parish will use computer-aided molecular modeling to explore the molecular flexibility of various FDA-approved drugs that combat HIV infection. Her study will challenge the hypothesis that molecular rigidity enhances drug effectiveness.
The study results may lead to a greater understanding of drug interaction and more effective inhibitors of the HIV virus.
Parish came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1997. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Indiana University-Purdue University, and the Ph.D at Purdue University. She has also received post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Her research involves understanding molecular interactions, from drug design to pain inhibition.