Prof Dr Tamas E. Gunda

retired professor

University of Debrecen
Phone: (52) 426 624
Fax: (52) 512 914
e-mail: tgunda73 {AT} yahoo·com

Own programs,

Academic qualifications

  • 1972 – Masters's degree in Chemistry, L. Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1976 – University Doctor degree (Thesis: The ring expansion of penicillin sulfoxides to cephalosporins)
  • 1984 – Ph.D. degree (Thesis: Preparations of cephalosporins and other β-lactam derivatives from penicillin)
  • 1998 – Habilitation at the Lajos Kossuth University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • 2000 – Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (D. Sc.)

Professional carreer:

  • 1972 – 1985 Research fellow and research associate at the Research Group for Antibiotics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1985 – 1989 R&D senior chemists, Fermion Pharmaceutical Works, Orion Corporation Ltd, Espoo, Finland
  • 1989 – 2000 Senior research associate at the Research Group for Antibiotics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2000 – 2003 Privatdozent, DE-MTA Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • 2003 – Full professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medical and Health Center, University of Debrecen.
  • 2017 – Retired professor, University of Debrecen.

Longer professional visits:

  • 1975 – 1976 1/2 year in Warsaw, Poland, Inst. of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, as research fellow on the field of steroids
  • 1979 – 1980 9 months in Helsinki, Finland, Technical University of Helsinki, Institute of Organic Chemistry, as postdoc research associate, on the field of tricyclic benzodiazepines condensed with β-lactam ring

Main fields of interest, research activity:

  • The synthesis of cephalosporin derivatives possessing β-lactamase or HLE enzym inhibitory properties.
  • Structure-activity relationships of the β-lactam antibiotics
  • Computer aided molecular modelling in drug design; molecular mechanics and dynamics; Molecular modelling to solve stereochemical or other theoretical problems in organic chemistry. This led to the development of the chemical utility software Mol2Mol.
  • Microcomputers and information systems in organic chemistry and drug design.

Educational activity

  • Recenty activity: special courses on the field of pharmaceuticals.
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry theory and laboratory exercises for students of pharmacy. Tutor of students writing their B.A. or M.A. thesis, and supervising of postgrads making their Ph.D. thesis.
  • Author of several textbooks and book chapters on antibacterial, antiviral, antiprotozoal and antineoplastic agents.
  • Software: Chemory – a chemical memory game to facilitaty the learning of organic chemistry.