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Dr Derek Macmillan
  • Reader in Chemistry
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Summary
The Macmillan group is engaged in the semi-synthesis of modified proteins. Protein synthesis and semi synthesis will be important in unravelling the mechanisms of action of processes involving post-translationally modified (glycosylated, phosphorylated) proteins. This endeavour involves synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, protein expression and protein engineering. Other projects include glycosyltransferase engineering, antimicrobial peptide synthesis, and synthesis and utility of transition metal complexes.
Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Bio-organic Chemistry University of Edinburgh
1995 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Environmental Chemistry University of Edinburgh
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