Kane Research Group

The Kane research group specializes in the synthesis of bioactive small-molecules designed with specialized delivery strategies in mind.  An additional focus in our group is on bioconjugation chemistry (reactions with soluble proteins or intact live tissue) as a strategy for drug delivery.  Many of the compounds that we synthesize modulate pathways in innate immunity.

Dr. Kane serves as an associate professor in the department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and as Director of the Institute of Biomedical Studies. Bob earned his B.S. degree at Texas Lutheran College and his Ph.D. at Texas Tech, and joined the Baylor faculty in 1996 after completing a postdoc at UCLA. Dr. Kane’s research is focused on specialized applications of synthetic chemistry in areas such as vaccine development, transplantation, and wound healing. 

Bob is a Baylor 'Faculty in Residence', and he and his wife Deb live with Baylor students in the University Parks Apartments.  Click here to read more about this. 

Synthetic chemists first, we study immunomodulation by synthesizing active small molecules and derivatives (prodrugs and bioconjugates).  We then evaluate these compounds (and strategies for their delivery) in biochemical, cell-culture, and animal models.  


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Our Research Group

December 2019

TOP (Left to right): Johann, Liam, Kevin, Jeremy, Michael, Allie

BOTTOM (Left to right): Hannah, Blair, Mina, Harold, Jessica

Baylor University

Department Chemistry & Biochemistry

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