Medicinal chemistry is a multidisciplinary science involving molecular design, chemical and enzymatic synthesis and bioassays followed by modifying compound properties for pharmaceutical applications.

Medicinal chemistry thus combines organic chemistry with biochemistry, physical chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, structural biology, enzymology, computer modelling, molecular biology and in vitro and in vivo examinations.

Theme leader:  Professor Vito Ferro


Theme members

Research Fellows

Professor David Ascher Biological data modelling

Professor Paul Bernhardt Inorganic Chemistry - Coordination chemistry

Professor Paul Burn Organic opto-electronics

Dr David Cantillo Synthetic organic electrochemistry and flow chemistry

Professor Jack Clegg Metallo-supramolecular chemistry

Professor James De Voss Biological and synthetic chemistry

Professor Elizabeth Gillam Biocatalysis and Molecular Toxicology

Professor Bostjan Kobe Structural biology of infection and immunity

Professor Mark Schembri Bacterial Pathogenesis

Professor Gary Schenk Physical Chemistry - Structure, function, mechanism and pharmaceutical potential of metalloenzymes

Associate Professor Nick West Tuberculosis microbiology

Professor Craig Williams Organic Chemistry - Synthesis and isolation of complex natural products, method development, medicinal and physical organic chemistry

Professor Paul Young Molecular virology