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Postdoctoral associate Christina Teijaro
Postdoctoral associate Christina Teijaro.


Scientists look to nature to discover method for installing sulfur into complex molecules PDF

Ben Shen has been elected as a Board of Director for the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 

Ben Shen has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP)


Ben Shen receives 2020 Outstanding Mentor Award, TSRI, Florida Campus PDF

Chemists hijack bacterial enzymes to create complex molecules normally made by plants PDF


Scripps Acquires Pfizer’s Massive Microbial Library PDF

Biodiversity Beyond the Horizon in Scripps Research Magizine Fall 2019  PDF


New Clues to Improve Chemotherapies PDF

Study Provides New Clues About Drug Resistance and Natural Product-Based Chemotherapies Additional coveragePDF

Scientists Find Potential Disease-Fighting ‘Warheads’ Hidden in Bacteria Additional Coverage PDF

Naturally-Derived Cancer Drugs Provide Clues as to How Micobiome May Cause Chemotherapy Resistance

Ben Shen receives 2018 Charles Thom Award Additional coverage PDF


Blueprints for Anti-Cancer Drugs Discovered in Bacterial Genomes

Cancer Drugs Discovered Using Bacterial Genomes


Scripps Florida Scientists Discover New Natural Source of Potent Anti-Cancer Drugs PDF

Team Finds ‘Missing Evolutionary Link’ of a Widely Used Natural Drug Source PDF


A New Golden Age of Natural Products Drug Discovery PDF

New Information About Bacterial Enzymes to Help Scientists Develop More Effective Antibiotics, Cancer Drugs PDF

Scripps Florida Scientists Determine How Antibiotic Gains Cancer-Killing Sulfur Atoms PDF

Natural Product Precursor Could Hit Cancer Selectively  PDF

Chemistry Inspired by Nature, Research Driven by Passion  PDF

Team Shows Antitumor Agent Can Be Activated by Natural Response to Cell Stress

Ben Shen receives the Promega Biotechnology Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


Ben Shen named vice-chair of chemistry 

Direct route to natural products

Drug resistance mechanism that could impact development of two antibiotic drug candidates.

How a microbe resists its own antibiotics.

Bacterial resistance mechanism exposed: new antibiotics may follow.


A new natural products library comes to town, TSRI News & Views, February 4, 2013.


Bleomycin potency boost, C&E News, August 6, 2012


The Scripps Research Institute appoints noted chemist to Florida faculty, TSRI news releases, January 31, 2011

Three TSRI professors elected fellows of American Academy of Microbiology,TSRI New releases, March 7, 2011

Targeting tryptophan,Editor’s choice, Science March 18, 2011

Promising drug lead for filariasis, C&E News, April 11, 2011

Natural Product Syntheses Analyzed, C&E News, August 15, 2011

Enzyme discovery for natural products, PSI:Nature StructuralBiologyKnowledgeBase (SBKB) News, September 2011


Polyketide synthases don’t determine enediyne ring size, C&E News, June 14, 2010


12-membered macrolides that may be useful for preventing cancer metastasis, Science-Business eXchange, January 2009

Engineered bacterium churns out two new key antibiotics, University of Wisconsin-Madison news releases, February 2009


New chorismate metabolic pathway, C&E News, January 14, 2008

ACPs add up Research highlights in Nat. Chem. Biol. June 2008

Deciphering the genetic code for an anticancer agent Chemical biology new and research from cross Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, November 24, 2008


Enediynes taught how to act better, C&E News, November 5, 2007


Seeking cancer cures in nature University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsroon, August 9, 2006


UW Will study natural remedies for cancer, Wisconsin State Journal, July 21, 2005


Polyketide and non-ribosomal peptide synthases: falling together by coming apart, PNAS cover story and commentary, March 18, 2003


Path to enediynes – engineering of biosynthetic route lead to better anticancer drugs, C&E News, August 19, 2002

Making C-O, too, This week in Science, Science, August 23, 2002

Chemistry highlights 2002 – a common polyketide pathway for enediyne biosynthesis, C&E News, December 16, 2002


Enediyne research continues apace, C&E News, March 13, 2000

chemistry, laboratory, Ben Shen,Bleomycin biosynthetic gene cluster cloned, C&E News, August 14, 2000