I graduated from the University of Mississippi with a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. My PhD research is centered on the phytochemical investigation of psychoactive medicinal plants for the treatment of neurological disorders. The research focus extended into the area of Parkinson's disease based on a potent monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor isolated from a medicinal plant. Several analogs of the potent compound were prepared based on the molecular modeling studies and the structure-activity relationship of the bioactive compound. The synthesis of these analogs resulted in extremely potent and selective MAO-B inhibitors that are in the process of being patented. These compounds were characterized based on the spectrometric and spectroscopic methods (NMR, mass, HPLC).