UCL School of Pharmacy


Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry

Our department comprises 19 academic staff and 7 support staff. It has a long and highly successful track record of research in Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Neuroscience and Pharmacognosy.

Chemistry is a core component of the Masters in Pharmacy professional degree with teaching across all four years of the course. Additionally, the Department offers two taught postgraduate Masters in Science courses in Drug Discovery and Development and Drug Discovery and Pharma Management. A Master of Research (MRes) course is available in any of the research disciplines of the Department.


laboratory equipment in a fume cupboard


Funding for research comes from numerous and varied sources including the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), research councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC), The European Commission (EC), Alzheimers’ Research UK, Antibiotics Research UK, the National Institutes of Health and the Rosetrees Trust. Many industrial partners also contribute to the Department’s research.  


The Department is home to an outstanding research culture that includes major funded projects in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, nucleic acids, protein science, nanoparticles and pharmacognosy. We support this research with major facilities supported by dedicated technical staff for NMRspectroscopy (including a 600 MHz instrument with QCI-F probe and SampleJet suitable for protein-small molecule screening applications), Mass Spectrometry (including a high throughput Agilent AdvanceBio LC-QTOF instrument), HPLC and other capabilities such as cell culture, circular dichroism and peptide synthesis. Further details of the research carried out in the Department may be found in the PI group pages.


Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry

Duncan Browneduncan.browne@ucl.ac.uk
Laura Carro Santosl.carro@ucl.ac.uk
Rachael Dickmanrachael.dickman.13@ucl.ac.uk
Pratik Gurnanip.gurnani@ucl.ac.uk
Shozeb Haidershozeb.haider@ucl.ac.uk
Michael Heinrichm.heinrich@ucl.ac.uk
Stephen Hiltons.hilton@ucl.ac.uk
Frank Kozielskif.kozielski@ucl.ac.uk
Erika Loizidoue.loizidou@ucl.ac.uk
John Malkinsonj.malkinson@ucl.ac.uk
Maria Jose Martinez Bravomj.martinezbravo@ucl.ac.uk
Ranjana Rairanjana.rai@ucl.ac.uk
Gary Parkinsongary.parkinson@ucl.ac.uk
Andreas Schatzleina.schatzlein@ucl.ac.uk
Chris Serpellchris.serpell@ucl.ac.uk
Paul Stapletonp.stapleton@ucl.ac.uk
Matthew Todd (Head of Research Department)matthew.todd@ucl.ac.uk
Zoë Wallerz.waller@ucl.ac.uk
Chris Waudbyc.waudby@ucl.ac.uk
Geoff Wellsg.wells@ucl.ac.uk
Esther Woone.woon@ucl.ac.uk
Mire Zlohm.zloh@ucl.ac.uk