A. Douglas Kinghorn
PhD, DSc
Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
446 Parks Hall


  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Drug Discovery from Plants
  • Botanical Dietary Supplements

Professional Interests

The research interests of Dr. Kinghorn are on the isolation, characterization, and biological evaluation of natural products of higher plant origin, and he has worked in particular on compounds with potential antimicrobial, cancer chemotherapeutic, cancer chemopreventive, sweet-tasting, and bitterness-blocking effects. Dr. Kinghorn is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Natural Products (co-published by the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Pharmacognosy) (1994-present) and Series Editor in Chief of the book series Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products (published by Springer-Verlag, Vienna, Austria) (2008-present).

Recent Honors

  • 2011 Honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Bradford
  • 2011 Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award, American Botanical Council
  • 2010 Award of Merit, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (for work on PDQ CAM Editorial Board)
  • 2010 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award, American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • 2010 Percy Julian Memorial Lecture Award, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • 2008 Honorary Member, American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • 2007 Fellow, American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • 2007 Grisvold Lecture Award, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • 2006 Fellow, The School of Pharmacy, University of London (now University College London)
  • 2006 AAAS Fellow


  • Postdoctoral, 1977, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Postdoctoral, 1976, University of Mississippi
  • DSc, 1990, University of London, London, U.K.
  • PhD, 1975, University of London, London, U.K.
  • MSc, 1970, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.
  • BPharm, 1969, University of Bradford, Bradford, U.K.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications