Research course

Chemical Biology and Bio-Medicinal Chemistry

Institution
Open University · Department of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification

Months of entry

October

Course content

Chemical biology and bio-medicinal chemistry research at the OU encompasses the development and synthesis of molecules for cell recognition, imaging and targeting of cancer cells and the development of small molecule therapeutics. It is our aim to use chemical and biochemical approaches to study and manipulate biological systems, and to inform the development of new therapeutic agents.


Key themes of our research include:

  • Bio-medicinal chemistry for cancer, focusing on the synthesis of molecules for cell recognition, modification of nucleic acid bases, and the design of novel small molecule therapeutics
  • Bioimaging
  • Biopolymers and biocompatible materials
  • Molecular imprinted polymers, focusing on the development of novel systems for functional analysis of complex biomolecules
  • Nanomaterials and nanomedicine; interactions with biological systems and therapeutic uses

Potential research projects

  • Probing the interactions between pathogens and cell surface carbohydrates
  • Development of hybrid molecular imprinted polymers for protein detection and modification

Current/recent research projects

  • Design of novel radio-sensitizers
  • Applications of nanoparticles in cancer therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy for targeting of cancer cells
  • Development and analysis of recognition polymers for analysis of complex biomolecules
  • Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of complex and modified carbohydrate structures

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Bio-medicinal chemistry for cancer, focusing on the synthesis of molecules for cell recognition, modification of nucleic acid bases, and the design of novel small molecule therapeutics - Bioimaging - Biopolymers and biocompatible materials - Molecular imprinted polymers, focusing on the development of novel systems for functional analysis of complex biomolecules - Nanomaterials and nanomedicine; interactions with biological systems and therapeutic uses

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
48 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036