William D. Picking, Ph.D.

School of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Multidisciplinary Research Building
Room 320B
University of Kansas
2030 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Second office:
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories
Room 108


KU’s Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center is recognized as a leading biotechnology center dedicated to research of virus-like particles and bacterial cells for pharmaceutical use. So when it was time to expand KU’s vaccine research, the university turned to William Picking, one of the nation’s foremost experts in virulence systems.

The result? A Dream Team of vaccine development at the KU School of Pharmacy, already ranked #2 in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding.

Picking joins KU as Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Regarded by his peers as one of the top researchers in his field, he will establish and direct the Kansas Vaccine Development Center.

Among the first goals of the Kansas Vaccine Development Center will be developing specific vaccines for shigella, salmonella, andyersina — taking them from the laboratory to human clinical trials, and eventually to life-saving applications throughout the world.


Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemistry), University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., Microbiology, Kansas University

B.S., Microbiology, Kansas State University


My courses touch upon the molecular basis for infectious diseases and the generation of preventative measures against infection. This includes identification of vaccine targets and the development of vaccines. Additional courses I am involved with are Topics in Scientific Integrity and Clinical Chemistry. My teaching methods span from traditional didactic delivery of material to group discussion and course "flipping".

Teaching Interests

  • Vaccines
  • Pathogenic Microbiology


Molecular biology; bacterial pathogenesis; vaccine target discovery; vaccine development; protein biochemistry; structural biology

Research Interests

  • Vaccines
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Bacteriology


Director of the HBC; University/School committee service; professional service (funding application review and peer review for journals); Outreach as Director of the KVI.

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