Jared Mays, Ph.D.

 (605) 274-4815




  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.A., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College


  • Associate Professor, Bio- and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Augustana University

Current Research:

Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with reduced incidence of cancer, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. The Brassica vegetables are rich sources of glucosinolate; evidence suggests that these phytochemicals are indirectly responsible for the observed cancer chemopreventive properties of cruciferous vegetables. Our research group is interested in exploiting the myrosinase/ glucosinolate enzymatic processes as a means of achieving selective drug or drug candidate activation. This multi-disciplinary research program will bridge the boundaries between chemistry and biology and offer students the opportunity for training in several fields of research. Multiple student projects are available with differential and cross-emphases including multi-step organic synthesis, cell culture, molecular biology, enzymology, and computational modeling.