Board of Directors

Christian Melander

Founder & Chief Research Officer,
Board of Directors Chairman

Dr. Melander focuses on defining small molecules that inhibit and disperse bacterial biofilms.

He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University in 1998, and then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech under the direction of Professor Peter Dervan from 1998-2001.

From 2001-2002, Dr. Melander directed the organic synthesis department at Xencor, Inc. He returned to academic research as a Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Professor Joel Gottesfeld. At Scripps, Dr. Melander utilized pyrrole/imidazole polyamides to treat colon cancer and Friedrich’s ataxia.

Dr. Melander is currently a Howard Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Bio-Organic Chemistry at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Melander has received numerous awards, including an NIH Chemistry-Biology Research Training Grant and an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship.