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Welcome to Drug Discovery Online Courses!

The Drug Discovery Online program started in 2018 with the goal of increasing the digital literacy of current students, showcasing the rich research expertise within the Basic Sciences, School of Medicine and reaching additional students through creating online resources. Since our inception, we have targeted our efforts to the development of 2-week mini-courses that cover a variety of topics key to drug discovery and development. Our goal is to develop a service core to assist in online resource creation.

Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt School of Medicine are world leaders in the areas of pharmacology, drug discovery, and drug development. Drug Discovery Online is targeting the design and construction of online programs for students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. We apply the latest approaches and state-of-the-art practices in online learning. Quality Matters (QM) is an international, U.S.-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes, and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. The Drug Discovery Online program follows the QM rubric to maintain the highest quality of online materials.

Message from DDO Course Design and Development Team

We are delighted to present to you Drug Discovery Online, a service core to assist faculty with instructional design, video and audio editing services, website design, and course assessment strategies related to drug design and development education and community engagement. As experienced scientists passionate about education, science communication, and online learning and engagement, we are designing new online resources and tools to communicate scientific findings and engage the scientific community.

Program Design and Development Team

Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D.

Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D.
Director of Drug Discovery Online

Kristen Gilliland, Ph.D.
WCNDD Outreach and Education

Miquéla Thornton
Student Intern – Copy Editor

Program Contributors


Aaron Bender, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist II


Darren W. Engers, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Director of Medicinal Chemistry


Julie Le Engers, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Medicinal Chemistry


Bruce Melancon, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Director of Medicinal Chemistry
Editor-in-Chief, ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies