UM Professor Named 2017 American Chemical Society Fellow

July 27, 2017

MISSOULA – The American Chemical Society has named University of Montana Professor Nicholas Natale to the 2017 class of ACS Fellows, which honors scientists who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and make important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

The selection of ACS Fellows is based on excellence and leadership in the science, profession, education and/or management of chemistry, as well as volunteer service to the ACS community. Natale, a professor of medicinal chemistry in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the only researcher in the state included in this year’s class.

Natale’s current research focuses on how the application of medicinal chemistry can counteract chemotherapy resistance in cancer patients. He also teaches labs in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and advises students in UM’s professional pharmacy program.

Natale earned the designation of ACS Fellow for his work as a founding member and director of UM’s Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program, his history of teaching and mentoring organic chemistry students, and his service in both regional and national leadership roles for the ACS, among numerous other contributions.

“The ACS Fellows designation is based on science and service to the society, and it’s nice to be recognized for my efforts in each,” Natale said. “I also proposed to the Montana local ACS section that we set up an awards committee to nominate other deserving chemists in Montana for the recognition. I feel there are at least a half-dozen chemists on campus as deserving as myself for the honor.”

The 2017 ACS Fellows will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on Monday, Aug. 21, during the society’s National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C.

ACS is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1876 and chartered by Congress. The organization is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS board of directors in 2008.

For more information call Natale at 406-243-4132 or email

Contact: Nicolas Natale, UM professor of medicinal chemistry, 406-243-4132,