Christopher Rice, Ph.D.

Center for Drug Discovery
Assistant Research Scientist

Center for Drug Discovery


Ph.D. University of the West of Scotland, 2014

Research Interests

Dr. Rice received his doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland in 2014. Following his education, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow for Dr. Dennis E. Kyle at the University of South Florida and led Dr. Kyle’s amoeba drug discovery project. In this role, he developed high throughput screening methodology for the discovery of novel therapeutics for the brain eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. Throughout his Postdoc he developed similar phenotypic high throughput screening methodology for two other diverse pathogenic free-living amoeba, Acanthamoeba species and Balamuthia mandrillaris. He transitioned to UGA with Dr. Kyle in 2017 where he has been lead optimizing many of the hits the amoeba team discovered throughout their discovery phase via secondary assays for the prioritization of these molecules. This has been fundamental in the discovery and development of posaconazole as a combination partner drug for the treatment of Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis caused by N. fowleri.

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