About the department

The Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (CBT) Department formulates innovative chemical and chemoinformatic solutions to resolve salient problems in biology and medicine. Fundamental research programs to uncover underlying biological processes are complemented by translational centers that house chemical synthesis, screening, and computational capabilities that mirror cutting-edge biotech/pharma operations, resources rarely accessible at academic institutions. 

The expertise and resources of CBT are leveraged across the institution, making it a highly dynamic and diverse collaborative hub at St. Jude. The scientific research arm of CBT is in an exciting growth phase; individuals with bold vision and demonstrated excellence in research at the interface of Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine are encouraged to join the team.

Research focus areas

CBT Collaborative Centers

Leading state-of-the-art chemistry technologies centers focus on collaborative research with St. Jude investigators to further our understanding of biological mechanisms that result in childhood diseases. The overarching goal is to translate this knowledge into new therapeutic opportunities. CBT centers form an integrated pipeline to bring chemistry to medicine at St. Jude. Collaborative projects involve a close partnership between the laboratory and the participating centers.


  • Aseem Z. Ansari

    Chair, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics

    R. J. Ulrich Endowed Chair 

    Faculty Bio

  • Julianne Bryan, PMP

    Director, CBT Operations

  • Taosheng Chen, PhD, PMP

    Director, High Throughput Bioscience Center

    Faculty Bio

  • Anang Shelat, PhD

    Director, Lead Discovery Informatics

    Faculty Bio

  • Natalie Racine

    Adminstrative Director

  • Zoran Rankovic, PhD

    Director, CBT Chemistry Centers

    Faculty Bio

Adminstration and operations team

  • Carolina Adura, PhD - Research Operations Manager
  • Candice Becton – Administrative Specialist
  • Roxy Chirlow - Coordinator, Grants and Contracts
  • Julian Earl - Program Specialist
  • Olivia Haymore - Sr. Administrative Specialist
  • Madison Rice, MS - Scientific Visualization Engineer
  • Cassandra Rytting - Sr. Administrative Specialist
  • Lauren Sides - Administrative Coordinator
  • Martina Sigal, MD, PhD - Lab Operations Manager
  • Toneshia Singletary - Administrative Specialist

Join us

St. Jude investigators have the freedom to focus on making big discoveries, backed by extraordinary resources and support teams. We are always looking for highly motivated scientists and engineers with passion and talent to join us!

Contact us

Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN, 38105-3678 USA
901-595-8087 SPCBTAdminOps@stjude.org
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN, 38105-3678 USA