Prof Helen C Hailes
Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Prof Helen Hailes
Address: Department of Chemistry, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4654
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7679 7463
Research areas of interest include:
- Biocatalysis and chemoenzymatic synthesis
- PI 3-kinase and PKB activators and inhibitors
- Non-viral gene therapy
- Calixarenes and tuberculosis therapies
- Design and synthesis of novel hydrogen-bonded arrays
- Novel signaling molecules
- Organic synthesis in water
Research activity in our group is focused on the use of synthetic organic chemistry to probe and solve biological problems. Current projects include the use of water as a reaction solvent and the use of catalytic and biocatalytic synthetic strategies. Also novel kinase inhibitors, cytosine-based hydrogen-bonding polymers and new lipid design for use in a ternary gene delivery vector.
- J. L. Galman, D. Steadman, S. Bacon, P. Morris, M. E. B. Smith, J. M. Ward, P. A. Dalby, H C. Hailes, “α,α’-Dihydroxyketone formation using aromatic and heteroaromatic aldehydes with evolved transketolase enzymes”, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 7608–7610
- K. J. Goodworth, A. C. Hervé, E. Stavropoulos, G. Hervé, I. Casades, A. M. Hill, G. G. Weingarten, R. E. Tascon, M. J. Colston, H. C. Hailes, “Synthesis and in vivo biological activity of large-ringed calixarenes against M. tuberculosis”, Tetrahedron, 2011, 67, 373–382
T. Pesnot, M. C. Gershater, J. M. Ward, H. C. Hailes, “Phosphate mediated biomimetic synthesis of tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids”, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 3242–3244.
V. G. H. Lafitte, A. E. Aliev, E. Greco, K. Bala, P. Golding, H. C. Hailes, “Quadruple Hydrogen Bonded Cytosine Modules: N-1 Functionalised Arrays, New J. Chem., 2011, 35, 1522–1527.
- J. L. Galman, D. Steadman, L. D. Haigh, H. C. Hailes, “Investigating the Reaction Mechanism and Organocatalytic Synthesis of α,α'-Dihydroxy Ketones”, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 2621–2628
- 1984-1987 : B. A. (Natural Sciences) (Hons) St. John's College, Cambridge.
- 1987-1991 : Ph. D. in Biological Chemistry, University of Cambridge, with Professor J. Staunton FRS.
- 1991-1992 : PDRA, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, with Professor J. Staunton, FRS.
- 1992 : PDRA, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, with Professor S. V. Ley FRS.
- 1993-1994 : PDRA, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, with Dr. D. A. Widdowson
- 1994-2002 : Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University College London
- 2002-2005 : Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University College London
- 2005-2010 : Reader in Chemical Biology, University College London.
- 2010 : Professor of Chemical Biology, University College London