Chemical Biology

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Chemical biology is the chemistry of, for, and from life. Members of this cluster apply chemical principles and techniques to understanding mechanisms in biology, use chemical synthesis to intervene in biological systems, and use biology as an inspiration to design and produce new or useful materials and systems.

Chemical biology major themes

  • Biological Chemistry and Mechanistic Biology - understanding the reactions and interactions fundamental to life
  • Medicinal Chemistry, Diagnostics and Imaging - including synthesis for biology
  • Functional Assemblies - protein bioengineering, synthetic biology and bio-inspired supramolecular chemistry


For further information about Chemical Biology at Sheffield please see the staff page of individual researchers below.

Professor Jane A. Grasby

Professor Beining Chen

Dr Barbara Ciani

Dr Timothy D Craggs

Professor Joseph P.A. Harrity

Professor Richard F.W. Jackson

Dr Jim Reid

Dr Sarah S. Staniland

Dr David M. Williams

Members of other research clusters active in chemical biology:

Professor Iain Coldham

Professor Simon Jones

Professor Graham J. Leggett

Dr Benjamin M. Partridge

Dr Sebastian Spain

Professor Jim A. Thomas

Dr Lance J. Twyman

Professor Nicholas H. Williams

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