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Maria Graciela Carranza, PhD

Dr. Carranza joined the department in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Baylor University. She later held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco. She is trained as a medicinal chemist and her research focuses on the design, synthesis and biochemical evaluation of new anti-cancer drug candidates that mediate their biological activity through alkylation of DNA and direct interaction with estrogen-related receptors (ERRs). Additional projects include investigation of the chemical composition and biological activity of several native California medicinal plant species. Dr. Carranza has taught Introduction to Chemistry Lab, Chemistry for Health Sciences, General Chemistry I and II and BIO Research Methodology.



Office/Lab:  Science Center #104

Academic Area

Medicinal Chemistry

Educational Background

  • PhD Organic/Medicinal Chemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • BS & Licentiate Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala

RECENT Publications

  • Maria G. Carranza, Michael S. Stewart and Kevin G. Pinney. “Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.” 2012. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Maria G. Miranda*, Elizabeth J. Norton, Rodney P. Feazell, Kevin K. Klausmeyer and Kevin G. Pinney. “Synthesis and crystal structures of two novel 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl derivatives from (Z)-1-[(2’,3’-dinitro-4’-methoxy)-phenyl]-2-[(3”,4”,5”-trimethoxy)-phenyl] ethane.” J. Chem. Crystallogr. 2006, 36, 309-314.
  • James M. Dorsey, Maria G. Miranda*, Nicholas. V. Cozzi and Kevin G. Pinney. “Synthesis and biological evaluation of 2-(4-fluorophenoxy)-2-phenyl ethyl piperazines as serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors

RECENT Presentations

  • Jordan Kiefer O’Sullivan and M. Graciela Carranza. “Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel l-tyrosine Derivatives of Temozolomide for the Treatment of Brain Tumors.” 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Oden, UT. March 29-31, 2012.
  • Cosette Standridge-Folsom, Mary B. Sevigny and M. Graciela Carranza. “Solvent Extraction, Phytochemical Screening, and Biological Evaluation of the Bark of Umbellularia californica.” 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Oden, UT. March 29-31, 2012.
  • Michelle Chavez, Rachel Chow, Cynthia Dumas, Ariana Martinez, Corinna Quam, Mirel Rivera, and M. Graciela Miranda*. “Phytochemical screening and in vitro acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity of three native California plant species.” 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salisbury, MD. April 10-12, 2008.

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