Seth Ablordeppey, Ph.D.

Professor Medicinal Chemistry
LOCATION: Tallahassee, Dyson 112
PHONE: 850-599-3834

Dr. Seth Y. Ablordeppey has been appointed as Interim Dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS).  Prior to this appointment, he served as Division Director of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi in 1990, M.S. degree in Pharm. Chem from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 1980 and B.S. degree in Chemistry and Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 1977. Dr. Ablordeppey is also  Professor and Fulbright Scholar of Medicinal Chemistry in the COPPS.

Dr. Ablordeppey joined FAMU as an assistant professor in 1993 having served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. His research involves computer-aided design, synthesis and evaluation of compounds targeting specific CNS receptors; natural products as sources of the identification of new scaffolds for drug discovery and development; formulation of structure activity relationships; 3-D models in drug design; and development of novel orally effective anti-infective agents against opportunistic infections and emerging infectious diseases.

He has several honors and recognitions. He was one of three who established the Pharmacy school at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, in 1981. He was awarded the Florida Education Fund’s 2016 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor for outstanding contribution to the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program; Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus  Award in recognition  of outstanding contribution in the field of medicinal chemistry in 2014; FAMU Research Excellence Award in 2010; Researcher of the Year, COPPS, 2008-2009; Advanced FAMU Teacher of the Year, 2002-2003; COPPS Teacher of the Year, 2001-2002; and University-wide Teacher of the Year, 1999-2000. He is also the recipient of the U.S. State Department Award as a Fulbright Fellow to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2010-2011. Through this service to the people of Ghana, he established a collaborative relationship with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to develop natural products as new drugs.

His service to the scientific community  and humanity is noteworthy.  He has recently been appointed to serve a four year term as a member of the NIH Drug Discovery for the Nervous System, member of several Review Panels including, Loan Repayment Program, 2011 to date; and NIH Cancer Drug Discovery for Therapeutics Study Section, 2013, to date. Additionally, he served as president-elect, president and member of the Board of the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) in Tallahassee, Florida and has led several Medical Missions to the people of Southern Ghana.

He has served as research mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students, coordinated and mentored high school students through the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED program, and has produced 13 Ph.D. graduates in the pharmaceutical/biomedical sciences. He has also mentored numerous postdoctoral fellows and technicians.    

He has received numerous grants over the years from various agencies and currently has over 60 published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over 60 presentations in various settings around the world and has been awarded four patents and four provisional letters.

Research Interest
  • Antiinfective Drug Discovery

  • Antipsychotic Drug Discovery

  • Drugs for Opportunistic Infections