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Gunda Georg, PhD, has been appointed a Regents Professor of the University of Minnesota. The Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty. It recognizes faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the University through teaching, research, scholarship, or creative work, and contributions to the public good.

Gunda Georg is featured in the WCCO-TV story, "'U' Chemists Close To Making


Gunda Georg was featured in several stories on her work to develop a male birth control pill

Gunda Georg was featured in a KARE-11 story and in 

Gunda Georg and Shameem Syeda were featured on the front page of the Star

Gunda Georg's research was featured in ACS in the News: Potential Male Birth Control Pill has Deadly Origins.  Click here to read more.


Rebecca Cuellar and Gunda Georg are featured in the MN Daily story, "Heart-stopping poison could be a promising male birth control, UMN study shows." Georg is also featured in The Student Newspaper story, "Will male contraception be derived from Cupid's arrow?" and The Futurist story, "The Future of


Gunda Georg, Jon Hawkinson and Shameem Syeda are featured in the Smithsonian Magazine and The Daily Caller for their research to develop a birth control pill for men that has its origin in an arrow poison. 


Will blue packets replace pink ones soon? After decades of research, development of a male birth control may now be one step closer.

A paper authored by Drs. Gunda Georg, Jon Hawkinson, Kwon Ho Hong, and Shameem Sultana Syeda, all from the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, was publicized in the most recent press release of the American Chemical Society. The paper explores the potential of the plant extract ouabain as a male contraceptive agent. Ouabain has long been used by African hunters as the lethal agent for poison-tipped arrows, but in small doses it has also shown efficacy in lowering fertility rates in males.