Research Professor, Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Director, Lead Discovery and Characterization
Kenneth Pearce is the Director of the Center Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and a research professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Pearce’s primary expertise and interests are fundamentals of protein methods, biochemical and cell assay development, medium- and high-throughput screening, hit validation and mode-of-action, biophysical methods for characterizing protein-protein and small molecule-protein interactions, and structure-activity relationships for early drug discovery. He joined the center as director of lead discovery and characterization in mid-2015 after spending over 18 years at GlaxoSmithKline and legacy companies in the Molecular Discovery Research organization.