Dawn Ward Ph.D.

Chemistry | Fine School of the Sciences


  • Ph.D., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2009)
  • B.A., with Honors in Chemistry, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania (1995)

Professional Experience

    Associate Professor
  • CCBC, Catonsville Campus
    Adjunct Professor


The focus of my current research is the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds containing metal binding properties for uses in the areas of medicinal chemistry and organic sensors and semiconductors. In the area of medical chemistry, the research goals are to synthesize derivatives that have improved metal binding efficiency and inhibition rates over a series of Hepatitis C Virus inhibitors. I am also interested synthesizing organic heterocyclic compounds as chemical sensors for detection of heavy metals.


Naanaa, A. M.*; Chen, R*.; Smith, B.*; Wong, R.*; Ward, D. N. Improving the metal-binding efficiency of heterocyclic compounds targeting metal ion-dependent enzyme of hepatitis C virus. In Abstracts of Papers, 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, CO, United States, March 22-26, 2015; American Chemical Society, 2015; p ORGN – 355. Drazenovic, R. M.*; Ward, D. N.; Smith, P. J.; Sonnenberg, J. L. Structure and bonding of metal complexes containing possible hepatitis C inhibitors. In Abstracts of Papers, 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, CO, United States, March 22-26, 2015; American Chemical Society, 2015; p PHYS – 438. Ward, D. N.; Talley, D. C.; Tavag, M.*; Menji, S.*; Schaughency, P.*; Baier, A.; Smith, P. J. UK-1 and structural analogs are potent inhibitors of hepatitis C virus replication. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2014, 24 (2), 609–612. Smith, Paul J. and Ward, Dawn N. Heterocyclic benzoxazole compositions as inhibitors of hepatitis C virus and synthesis and pharmaceutical compositions. From PCT Int. Appl., WO 2011047390, 21 Apr 2011 and United States Patent Appl. Pub. US 2012/0208856 A1, 16 Aug, 2012. O’Malley, K. W.*; Ward, D. N.; Smith, P. J. Synthesis of new Heterocyclic Inhibitors of the Helicase of Hepatitis C Virus. In Abstracts, 41st Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Wilmington, DE, United States, April 10-13; American Chemical Society, 2010; p MARM – 189. Ward, D. N.; Bekkerman, M.*; Blasic, J. R.; Lubet, P*.; Menji, S.*; Schaughency, P.*; Tavag, M.*; Smith, P. J. Exploiting metal binding by UK-1: Synthesis of potential HIV-1 integrase inhibitors. In Abstracts of Papers, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, United States, August 19-23, 2007; American Chemical Society, 2007; p ORGN – 134.

*Undergraduate Co-Author


  • Chem 210: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 210L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 211: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chem 211L: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 213: Electronic Literature Search
  • Chem 313: Career Development in Chemistry

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