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About the Author

Brian T. Murphy is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned degrees in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Virginia Tech. After spending two years of postdoctoral training at the University of California San Diego, he was hired into the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UIC in 2010. Brian currently resides in Chicago and runs a drug discovery research program ( that has been featured in Chemical & Engineering News, NPR, Science Daily, London's Science Museum, and The Toronto Star, among other publications. He was named a National Geographic Explorer and is a freelance writer and blogger who covers politics and issues of social equality.

Brian was a contributing writer for, for Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times, and  His political essays have been published in the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Roanoke Times, and other publications. His scientific writings have been published in eight international peer-reviewed journals, and he has contributed a chapter to a United Nations educational initiative (UNESCO-EOLSS) aimed at educating young scientists.

Twitter: @WritesofMurph


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