Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Professor David (Dai) Selwood

Professor of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Tel: 020 7679 6716
Email: d.selwood@ucl.ac.uk

The laboratory of David Selwood conducts research on the edge of chemistry and biology using the latest techniques and developing new ones for the study of biological systems. We utilize computational molecular design in many aspects of our research and work with Dr Edith Chan to deliver this.  We also collaborate extensively with biologists in academia and industry. 

Some of the lab’s current research projects are shown below.

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Learn about our new prototype MS drug a BK channel activator.
  • Neuroprotection, using sodium channel blockers to maintain nerve function in MS.
  • Mitochondrial targeting of therapeutic agents - cyclosporin.

New cancer agents

  • SMoCs, Small Molecule Carriers of biomolecules.
  • FLIP protein as a cancer target - stapled peptide design.
  • Neuropilin as a cancer target.


  • Design of novel non-peptide agonists for NPR-C.

Fragment based drug design

HIV and other virus

UCL Chemibank

Academic Career