CBID Council Biographies and Contacts


The CBID is advised by a Division Council


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Professor Tom Brown CChem FRSC FRSE

President

Tom Brown is Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford. His research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, structure, DNA sequence recognition and applications of nucleic acids in biology, nanotechnology and medicine. He is co-founder of three Biotech companies and has published over 350 research  papers and patents. 

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Nucleic Acids Research


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Dr Lyn Jones BSc PhD FRSC

Elected Member

Lyn Jones received his undergraduate education at the University of Bath and then completed PhD studies in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He then started his post doctorate research at The Scripps Research Institute, California in the area of chemical biology. In 2001, he joined Pfizer in Sandwich, UK as a medicinal chemistry team leader and in 2009 he won the inaugural RSC Young Industrialist of the Year Award for his contributions to preclinical research in HIV, allergy and respiratory disease areas. In 2011 he transferred to Cambridge, Massachusetts to become head of chemistry for Rare Disease Research and to lead the Chemical Biology Group.

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Professor Patrick Steel MA DPhil CChem MRSC

Elected Member

Patrick Steel is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Durham University. Research in the Steel group ranges from the development and applications of new methods for organic synthesis to the design and synthesis of small molecule probes to explore questions in biological process. Current interests are in the area of plant and parasite chemical biology. In the former area we are interested in how plants respond to chemically induced stress (herbicide resistance and hormonal signaling pathways) whilst in the latter, we seek to identify and validate new drug targets for the treatment of leishmaniasis and related kinetoplastid parasitic diseases.




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Professor Kira Weissman

Elected Member

Kira J. Weissman is a professor of enzymology within the UMR 7365 CNRS-UL: IMoPA at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Previously, she was a PhD student, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Lecturer at Cambridge University, and a Alexander Humboldt Research Fellow at Saarland University, Germany. Her current research interests include the mechanistic enzymology and structural biology of modular multienzymes. She is the author of over 70 primary publications, reviews, commentaries, book chapters and popular science articles.




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Dr Brian Cox CChem FRSC

Elected Member

Brian is Head of Chemistry at Novartis Horsham. He has 30 years experience in the drug discovery industry working at Novartis, GSK and Schering Plough (US). He has worked in many therapeutic areas but specialises in the discovery of respiratory medicines and is an expert in the design of ion channel modulators. His research interests are in the application of new synthetic methodologies to automated parallel synthesis and utility in drug discovery.




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Dr Laura Barter

Elected Member

Laura Barter is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. She is also Director of AGRI-net, the agri-science chemical biology network, and NexGenAgriChem an EU Marie Curie Innovative Doctor training programme.The underlying theme of Laura's research is to determine quantitative structure-function relationships in biological systems employing optical spectroscopic, chemical biology and biochemical techniques allied with modelling and calculation. Particular focus being on understanding and mitigating the rate limiting steps and regulatory controls in photosynthesis.




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Dr Rebecca Goss

Elected Member

Rebecca Goss is Reader in Organic/Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in natural product science in its broadest sense 

There is a particular interest within the Goss group in understanding biosynthetic processes and the application of the powerful combination of synthetic biology  and synthetic chemistry to harness and redesign these systems, creating new biosynthetic pathways this research is funded through an ERC consolidator award. The Goss group are interested in the manipulation of individual enzymes as well as entire biosynthetic pathways as an expeditious tool for synthesising designer “natural” product analogues of medicinal value. The rapid access to libraries of natural products, that biosynthetic manipulation can afford, is useful for gaining a greater understanding of the exact molecular mode of action of drug molecules.   




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Dr Tom Heightman MRSC

Appointed Member

Tom Heightman is a Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Astex Therapeutics. Prior to joining Astex he spent 10 years as a medicinal chemist in GlaxoSmithKline, culminating in leadership of the Neurology Lead Discovery department, followed by 3 years as Project Manager of SGC’s Epigenetics Chemical Probes Consortium in Oxford University.

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Astex Pharmaceuticals


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Professor Rob Field CChem MRSC

Appointed Member

Rob Field is a Project Leader in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and honorary Professor of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has over 25 years experience in chemical biology research, focussing on carbohydrate chemistry, associated enzymology and enabling technologies. His research interests range from bacterial adhesion and infection, through starch and plant cell wall biochemistry to chemical genomics approaches to dissect carbohydrate metabolism.

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Rob Field at the John Innes Centre


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Professor Ulrike Eggert FRSC

Appointed Member

Riki Eggert is a Reader in Chemical Biology at King's College London, jointly appointed in the Department of Chemistry and the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics. Research in the Eggert group uses chemical and cell biology approaches to study cytokinesis, the final step of cell division, at the process, pathway, protein and metabolite levels.

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Cell division


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Professor Helen Hailes CChem MRSC

Appointed Member

Helen Hailes is a Professor of Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry at UCL. She has extensive expertise in the use of sustainable methods for the preparation of chiral synthons using biocatalysts in single-step reactions and multi-step cascades, as well as organic reactions in water. Furthermore she is interesed in the synthesis of tools to identify, image or perturb biological targets and the synthesis of compounds with improved bilogical properties. she also has experience in the design and synthesis of novel lipids and lipid-conjugates for multifunctional nanoparticle assembly to be used in therapeutic delivery and imaging.




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Professor Karen Faulds

Appointed Member

Karen Faulds (KF) is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies. Her research involves the quantitative analysis of biomolecules using SERS combined with functionalised metal nanoparticles to exploit the inherent sensitivity and multiplexing capabilities of SERS to develop bionalytical approaches. she has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and has filed 5 patents. She is the recipient of the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the year award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society (2016). In 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She is the Strathclyde Director of the EPSRC and MRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, OPTIMA, serves on the editorial advisory board for Analyst and is the current Chair of th Infrared and Raman Dicussion Group (IEDG)




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Professor Ali Tavassoli MRSC

Co-opted Member

Ali Tavassoli is a Reader in chemical biology at the University of Southampton, jointly appointed at the School of Chemistry and the Cancer Sciences division of the Faculty of Medicine.

His research is directed towards understanding cellular protein-protein interaction networks, and developing molecules that tackle diseases such as Cancer and HIV by targeting these protein networks.

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A multidisciplinary chemical biology research group


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