Department of Chemistry, USF 1 (813) 974-9506

Jianfeng Cai


Jianfeng Cai CV


USF Preeminent Professor


Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CHE 205A
Tampa, FL 33620-5250

Office: (813) 974-9506, NES 408B
Lab: (813) 974-2649, NES 405, 407, 409



B.S., Nanjing University, 1993-1997
Advisor: Yun Lu
M.S., Nanjing University, 1997-2000
Advisor: Yun Lu
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2002-2006
Advisor: John-Stephen A. Taylor
Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2007-2009
Advisor: Andrew D. Hamilton


Affiliations and Positions

USF Preeminent Professor, Department of Chemsitry, USF, 2020-
Director, Center for Molecular Diversity in Drug Design, Discovery and Development (CMD5), USF, 2019-
Professor, Department of Chemsitry, USF, 2018-
Associate professor, Department of Chemsitry, USF, 2015-2018
Assistant professor, Department of Chemsitry, USF, 2009-2015
Member, American Peptide Society, 2014-
Member, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, 2009-
Member, American Chemical Society, 2005-


Awards & Honors

2021 2020 Outstanding Faculty Award, USF
2020 2020 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, USF
2020 2020 Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, USF
2020 2020 USF Preeminent Professor
2020 2020 Member, National Academy of Inventors, USF Chapter
2020 2020 Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
2018 2018 Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, USF
2015-2017 Outstanding reviewer, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
2015 2015 Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, USF
2015 2015 Biomatik Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, The Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA)
2014 2014 NSF CAREER Award
2014 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator
2012 2012 New Investigator award, Florida Bankhead Coley Cancer Research Program
2011 2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities


Professional Membership

Member, American Chemical Society (Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Division)
Member, American Peptide Society


Professional Services

Editorial Board member, ChemistrySelect, 2015-
Editorial Advisory Board member, ChemistryOpen, 2017-
Associate Editor, Molecules, 2018-
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, 2020-