Erland Stevens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1997 under Will Pearson in the area of nitrogen heterocycles. He then pursued postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute with K. Barry Sharpless. In 1998 Stevens joined the chemistry faculty at Davidson College. He regularly teaches medicinal chemistry to junior and senior undergraduates. In 2006 and 2007 Stevens taught in the continuing education program at the Research Triangle Park site of GlaxoSmithKline. He recently completed a textbook, Medicinal Chemistry: The Modern Drug Discovery Process, published by Pearson Education. Stevens' lab studies the synthesis and activity of antiviral nucleoside analogues.