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Chemists Key to Disease Treatment, Students Discover

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Chemists Key to Disease Treatment, Students Discover

On Friday May 6, Notre Dame’s Chemistry Department invited Professor Andy Wilson from the University of Leeds to speak to their lower sixth students about his career in the field of drug discovery.

Andy started working as a research lecturer at the university of Leeds in 2004, and became Professor of Organic Chemistry there in 2012. He currently leads an academic research group at the university, which works on modulating protein-protein interactions (PPIs).

A better understanding of PPIs could help scientists to understand disease development, and provide starting points for finding drugs to treat them.

During his visit to Notre Dame, Andy outlined the drug discovery process and explained the important role that chemists play within this. He also explained that his research had taken him all around the world.

Head of Department for Chemistry and Physics Rachel Hodgetts said, “Our students really enjoyed learning about the interactions involved in certain drugs and could relate it to their study of intermolecular forces. Thank you to Professor Wilson for giving up his time to speak to us.”  

Pictured above are our students exploring PPIs using models of proteins.

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