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Research Interests

My research has always been about understanding how biology works at the molecular level, using a multidisciplinary approach combining chemistry, biology, physics and engineering. We are developing techniques and technologies and applying them to help to understand complex biological problems, working in collaboration with many other talented research groups.  Many of the techniques and technologies we are developing also have broader applications, and we have research in many areas including drug discovery and analysis, chemical biology, biomarker discovery, biotechnology and systems and synthetic biology. 

One of our key aims is to generate a better understanding, diagnosis, stratification, and treatment of disease, including research projects identifying new targets for drugs by gaining a better understanding of how cells work and what causes disease, monitoring the therapeutic effect of drugs in the clinic and characterization of drugs.  At the cellular level we are interested in how the complex pathways involved in intracellular signalling are regulated, the role of redox chemistry in signalling, cellular damage and ageing and understanding the molecular targets of drugs.

To see how I got into this and some of the research that I have been involved in along the way, you can watch my Inaugural Lecture on YouTube.

Membership of Professional Bodies

• Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

• Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

• Council member of the Chemistry Biology Interface Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry

• Treasurer and past President of the British Society for Proteome Research (BSPR)

• Member of The Biochemical Society


BSc Chemistry (1st Class Honours), University of Bristol

DPhil Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford


2020 -                    Professor of Chemistry, University of Manchester

2019 - 2020          Associate Head of Pharmacy (Research), Aston University

2017 - 2018           Associate Dean for Research, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

2012 - 2020           Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Aston University

2009 - 2011         Reader, Division of Integrative and Systems Biology, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences                              

2005 - 2011         Director, RASOR Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Proteomic Technologies      

2005 - 2011         Director, Doctoral Training Centre in Proteomics

2005 - 2011         Director, Sir Henry Wellcome Functional Genomics Facility

2005 - 2009         Senior Lecturer in Proteomics, Division of Integrative and Systems Biology, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences                            

2002 - 2005         Deputy Director and Head of Proteomics, SHWFGF, University of Glasgow

1993 - 2002         Lecturer, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde.

1990 - 1993         Research Fellow, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

1989 - 1992         Schering Fellow in Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge  

1988 - 1989         Research Assistant, Oxford University.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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