Dr. Tidwell received his B.A. from Murray State University in Murray, KY in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the Univ. of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis, TN in 1974. He arrived in Chapel Hill in 1977 to join the Department of Pathology Program in Thrombosis and Hemostasis as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Through this appointment he honed his skills in the design and synthesis of dicationic molecules, continuing on to research the biologic functions and antimicrobial functions of these molecules. Since that time Dr. Tidwell has risen to the position of Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and appointed a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Tidwell's work has lead to nearly 100 US and international patents in the field of drug discovery with a concentration on neglected diseases affecting those least likely to receive aid.