Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

William S. Messer, Ph.D.

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  Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology
  Joint Appointed

  Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  Health Education Building 282B
  Phone: 419.383.1958


Area of Research

Our research focuses on the development of new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. We study the role of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in mediating behaviors including learning, memory and cognitive function. We also synthesize small molecules and measure their ability to selectively activate muscarinic receptors through a combination of in vitro and in vivo studies. 

Educational background

Ph.D. in Neuroscience University of Rochester
M.S. in Neuroscience University of Rochester
B.S. in Biology Springfield College

Publications and Journals

UToledo Scholars


Last Updated: 6/27/22