About the Author
Joseph Rice received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1982. He worked at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, NY for six years doing research on chemical carcinogenesis and became Head of the Section of Metabolic Chemistry. His research involved the synthesis of potential carcinogenic metabolites of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Medicinal Chemistry Department of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. He has been teaching Medicinal Chemistry to 4th year undergraduates for 25 years. In 2001, the author spearheaded the creation of a Graduate Program in Medicinal Chemistry and served as its director until 2012. He is actively involved in teaching three graduate courses- Medicinal Chemistry: Research Techniques and Principles, Heterocycles in Medicinal Chemistry, and Strategies and Tactics in Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry. His current research interest is the synthesis of selective G-quadruplex-stabilizing macrocyclic polyoxazoles as a new class of anticancer agents. The author has published over 60 papers in the area of the synthesis of compounds of biological interest.