Steven M. Firestine Ph.D. (ay1872)
Title: Department Chair
Unit: Pharmaceutical Science
Department: Pharmacy & Health Science
259 Mack Ave
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Office Location: EACPHS, Room 3134
Title: Interim Chair and Professor
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Degrees and Certifications:
- B.S. Chemistry - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
- PhD. Medicinal Chemistry - Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
- Postdoc Enzymology - Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA
Positions and Employment:
- 1988-1990 Undergraduate Research Assistant (Dr. James K. Coward), University of Michigan,
- Ann Arbor, MI
- 1990-1995 Graduate Research Assistant (Dr. V. Jo Davission), Purdue University , West Lafayette, IN
- 1996-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr. Stephen J. Benkovic), The Pennsylvania State University,
- University Park, PA
- 2000-2005 Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh PA
- 2005-2010 Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit, MI
- 2010-2016 Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit, MI
- 2016-present Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit, MI
- Sept. 2021-present Interim Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit, MI
Awards and Honors:
- 1989 Gomberg Summer Research Fellowship, University of Michigan
- 1990 Merck Award, University of Michigan
- 1992-1993 NIH Predoctoral Training grant, Purdue University
- 1994-1995 American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship, Purdue University
- 1995 Jenkins/Knevel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research, Purdue University
- 1996-1999 Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Fellowship, Penn State
- 1999 ASBMB Travel Award, Penn State
- 2005 Outstanding Young Investigator, Duquesne University
- 2012 Research Recognition Award, Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science Research, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University
- 2015 Outstanding Graduate Mentor, Wayne State University
- 2016 Faculty Recognition Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Class of 2016, Wayne State University
Areas of Expertise:
- Medicinal chemistry
- Molecular biology
- Computational chemistry
- Organic chemistry
Primary Research Interest:
- Anti-infective drug discovery
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical biology
- Rowe H.M., Hanson B.R., Runft D.L., Lin Q., Firestine S.M. and Neely M.N.* Modification of the CpsA Protein Reveals a Role in Alteration of the Streptococcus agalactiae Cell Envelope. Infect Immun., 1497-506, 2015.
- Kochanek, S., Clymer, T., Pakkala, V., Hebert, S., Reeping, K., Firestine, S.M.*, and Evanseck, J.D.*, Intramolecular Charge-Assisted Hydrogen Bond Strength in Pseudo-Chair Carboxyphosphate. J. Phys. Chem. B., 1184-91, 2015.
- Dewal, M. B. and Firestine, S. M.* Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Catalytic Residues in N5-Carboxyaminoimidazole Ribonucleotide Synthetase. Biochemistry, 52, 6559-6567, 2013.
- Islam, M.S. and Firestine, S.M.* Synthesis of substituted pyridyl-pyrimidines as potential protein-protein interaction inhibitors. J. Heterocycl. Chem., 50, 1043-1048, 2013.
- Li J., Zhu Y., Hazeldine S.T., Firestine S.M. and Oupický D*. Cyclam-Based Polymeric Copper Chelators for Gene Delivery and Potential PET Imaging. Biomacromolecules, 13, 3220-3227, 2012.
- Dewal, M.B., Wani, A.S., Vidaillac, C., Oupicky, D., Rybak, M.J. and Firestine, S.M.* Thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidinedione derivatives as antibacterial agents. Eur. J. Med. Chem., 51, 145-53, 2012.
- Fawaz, M.V., Topper, M.E. and Firestine, S.M.* The ATP-grasp enzymes. Bioorg. Chem., 39, 185-191, 2011.
- Vooturi, S.K., Dewal, M.B. and Firestine, S.M.* Examination of a synthetic benzophenone membrane-targeted antibiotic. Org. Biomol. Chem., 9, 6367-6372, 2011.
- Dewal, M.B. and Firestine, S.M.* Non-peptidic α-helical mimetics as protein-protein interaction inhibitors. Curr. Med. Chem., 18, 2420-2428, 2011.
- Vooturi, S.K. and Firestine, S.M. Synthetic Membrane-Targeted Antibiotics. Curr. Med. Chem.,. 2010, 17, 2292-2300.
- Thoden, J.B., Holden, H.M., Paritala, H., and Firestine, S.M. Structure and Site-Directed Mutagenesis ofAspergillus clavatus N5-Carboxylaminoimidazole Ribonucleotide Synthetase. Biochemistry, 2010, 49, 752-60.
- Paritala, H. and Firestine, S.M. Characterization of insulin ILPR sequences for their ability to adopt a G-quadruplex structure. Nucleosides Nucleotides Nucleic Acids, 2010, 29, 81-90.
- Vooturi, S.K. and Firestine, S.M.* Solution-Phase Parallel Synthesis of Novel Membrane-Targeted Antibiotics. J. Comb. Chem., 2010, 12, 151-160.
Poster and Oral Presentations: Over 100 presentations
Courses taught by Steven M. Firestine Ph.D.
Fall Term 2023 (future)
Winter Term 2023 (current)
Fall Term 2022
Winter Term 2022
Fall Term 2021
- CB7220 - Molecular Biology of Cancer Development
- PSC4125 - Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Medicinal Chemistry / Pharmacology / Immunology