William H. Fenical
William Fenical is a professor of oceanography at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps. His research involves the isolation and identification of active chemical materials from marine plants and animals that may have potential pharmaceutical or agricultural uses. His research involves marine organic chemistry with a focus on chemical defense mechanisms in marine organisms and the chemistry of marine microorganisms. The ocean environment holds great potential for the discovery of a wide range of pharmaceutical products, particularly among soft-bodied animals that depend on chemical defense mechanisms. Some of the chemicals under investigation are those with promise for new treatments for cancer, AIDS, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, and pain. He is past chairman of the Gordon Research Conference of Marine Natural Products Chemistry and was a member of the Bioorganic and Natural Products Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He founded the Consortium for Marine Biotechnology in San Diego. Fenical has published more than 240 scientific articles on marine chemistry research.