Denise Simpson

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Denise Jean-Louis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr. Denise Jean-Louis’s area of expertise is in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry. Her research interests include natural product drug discovery with a focus on anticancer agents and antioxidants. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts on the medicinal chemistry and biology of anticancer and central nervous system agents.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Food Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Iowa
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Kansas

Scholarly Works

  • Alkaloids, Oxasqualenoids, Quassinoids and Protolimonoids from Castela, Esenbeckia and Spathelia (Denise S. Simpson) Faculty Dissertations (2005)
  • Evaluation of the Anticancer Activity of Bioactive Fraction G Extracted from Pavetta crassipes in Malignant Brain Tumor Cell Lines (Rachel M. Wilcox, Eric Huseman, Stacy Lin, et al.) American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics (2017)
  • The Antiproliferative and Apoptotic Effects of Apigenin on Glioblastoma Cells (Trevor Stump, Brittany Santee, Lauren P. Williams, et al.) The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2017)
  • Pharmacology and Anti-Addiction Effects of the Novel κ Opioid Receptor Agonist Mesyl Sal B, a Potent and Long-Acting Analogue of Salvinorin A (B. Simonson, A. S. Morani, A. W. M. Ewald, et al.) British Journal of Pharmacology (2015)
  • The Effect of Luteolin on Human Glioblastoma (David M. Anson, Samson Amos, Robert L. Paris, et al.) The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2016)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Interests: Hiking, reading, music, basketball, track and field
  • Why Cedarville: The students, staff, and faculty share my passion for helping the underserved.