Duane A. Burnett, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, Class of 1981

Vice President Medicinal Chemistry
Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA

Thoughts About the Baylor Chem/Biochem Department

"Baylor’s Chemistry/Biochemistry department is growing in all the best ways. The new labs and facilities available for research and teaching are first class and the faculty are of the highest caliber in both research quality and influence in the field. Further, there is an underlying connection among the faculty: each is trying to solve important real life problems affecting society and doing it a way that educates young scientists how to be excellent researchers as well as outstanding people. Baylor is a superb place to develop your talents and deepen your knowledge of sciences central to modern day drug discovery.”


Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
May 2016 - present
Vice President Medicinal Chemistry
FORUM Pharmaceuticals, Waltham, MA
Mar. 2012 - May 2016
Senior Director Medicinal Chemistry
Burnett MedChem Consulting LLC, Bernardsville, NJ
Jan. 2012 - 2015
Principal and Managing Member
Merck Research Laboratories, Kenilworth, NJ
2009 - Dec. 2011
Research Fellow

Senior Principal Scientist

1997 - 2001
Cardiovascular - Atherosclerosis: CAI MOA

Principal Scientist

1992 - 1996
Cardiovascular - Atherosclerosis: CAI MOA

Senior Scientist - Associate Principal Scientist

1988 - 1992
Cardiovascular - Atherosclerosis: ACAT, Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors (CAI)


Postdoctoral Fellow, 1986-1988
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Areas of Research: Application of free radical chemistry to the synthesis of prostaglandin PGF2
Advisor: Professor Gary E. Keck

Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry, 1986
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dissertation Title: "Synthesis of Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles"
Advisor: Professor David J. Hart

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, 1981
Baylor University, Waco, Texas