Dr. Lisa Bonner

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences 138


B.S., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola College, Maryland
Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University

Dr. Lisa Bonner

Her research concerns the design and synthesis of molecules with a specific biological purpose: to modulate how dopamine works in the brain. She has previously taught the biochemistry lecture and lab courses at Eckerd College and currently teaches organic chemistry lecture and lab courses. She also teaches courses related to neuroscience, addiction, and the pharmaceutical industry for non-science majors. In January 2015, she taught a Winter Term course in Northern Italy on culinary science and food chemistry.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Juncosa, JI; Hansen, M; Bonner, LA; Cueva, JP; Maglathlin, R; McCorvy, J; Marona-Lewicka, D; Lill, MA; Nichols, DE. Extensive rigid analogue design maps the binding conformation of potent N-benzylphenethylamine 5-HT2A serotonin receptor agonist ligands. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 4: 96-109, 2013.

Chemel, BR; Bonner, LA; Watts, VJ; Nichols, DE. Ligand-Specific Roles for Transmembrane 5 Serine Residues in the Binding and Efficacy of Dopamine D1 Receptor Catechol Agonists. Molecular Pharmacology, 81: 729-738, 2012.

Bonner, LA; Laban, U; Chemel, BR; Juncosa, JI; Lill, MA; Watts, VJ; Nichols, DE. Mapping the Catechol Binding Site in Dopamine D1 Receptors: Synthesis and Evaluation of Two Parallel Series of Bicyclic Dopamine Analogues. ChemMedChem. 6: 1024-1040, 2011.

Bonner, LA; Chemel, BR; Watts, VJ; Nichols, DE. Facile Synthesis of Octahydrobenzo[h]isoquinolines: Novel and Highly Potent D1 Dopamine Agonists. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. 18: 6763-6770, 2010.

Bonner, LA; Frescas, SP; Nichols, DE. A Facile Method for the Preparation of Pure cis-2,4-pentanediol. Synthetic Communications, 34 (15): 2767-2771, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

  • Rho Chi, Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy, 2004-present
  • American Chemical Society, 2002-present
  • Iota Sigma Pi, National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry, 2002-present
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Honorary Chemistry Society, 2002-present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Society, 2001-present