Dr. Chandima Abeywickrama
Office: SCIE 4062
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Organic Chemistry
Past positions: Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ. Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering, 2008-2013
Post Doctoral Research Scientist,
Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry),
B.Sc. Chemistry Honors,
Chemistry Honors, Royal Society of Chemistry (
Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry and Medicinal chemistry
We are interested in the synthesis of biologically important small organic molecules.
Our focus is on synthesizing novel heterocyclic molecules as new therapeutic approaches for cancer and infectious diseases. We plan to develop new compounds that can induce cell differentiation and could act as potential anti-cancer agents. Molecular modeling studies and bioassays will be used to design and characterize the most potent inhibitors.
Abeywickrama, C.; Bradner, J. E.; Ponnala, S. “Selective inhibitors of Histone Deacetylase isoform 6 and Methods there of,” WO 2012/178208 A2 (2012)
1. Abeywickrama, C.; Matsuda, H .; Jockusch, S.; Zhou, J.; Jang, Y. P.; Chen, Bi-X.; Itagaki, Y.; Turro, N. J.; Erlanger. (2007). "Immunochemical Recognition of A2E, a Pigment in the Lipofuscin of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells", Proceedings of the
2. Abeywickrama, C.; Rotenberg, S. A; Baker, A. D. (2006). "Inhibition of Protein Kinase C by Dequalinium Analogues: Structure-Activity Studies on Head Group Variations", Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 14, 7796-7803.
3. Abeywickrama, C.; Baker, A. D. (2004). "Efficient Synthesis of 1,4,5,12-Tetraazatriphenylene and Derivatives", Journal of Organic Chemistry, 69, 7741.