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Prof David Selwood
  • Professor of Biological and Medical Chemistry
  • Wolfson Inst for Biomedical Research
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

David is Editor in Chief of the journal- Chemical Biology and Drug Design

Member of the editorial board for Drug Discovery Research (2017)

Research Themes
Research Summary
The laboratory of Dave (Dai) Selwood conducts research on the edge of chemistry and biology particularly in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.  We use the latest techniques and develop new ones for the study of biological systems. We collaborate extensively with biologists in academia and industry.

Outreach activities

Takes part in the Barts MS UCL Partners Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research day, an event where over 400 people with MS are invited to view the latest research and in MS being conducted across London.


Organises sixth form research days at UCL for prospective life science students. The students learn about crystallography on proteins

Teaching Summary

Teaching responsibilities include lectures for undergraduate Medicinal Chemistry and MSc Drug Design, and MSc Cancer. 

 Undergraduate and MSc students do practical projects in my laboratory. 

Masters in drug design (MSc)

This course is an in depth study of modern drug design methods from bioinformatics to molecular modeling and fragment based drug design. Sections on intellectual property and marketing provide a solid background for anyone considering a career in the pharmaceutical and health industries.

Chem3204: Principles of drug design. (Antiviral and anticancer chemotherapy).
This is part of the third year course for chemistry undergraduates taking the medicinal chemistry options (UCL department of chemistry).
A systematic look at new anti-viral therapies taking HIV as an example. We investigate the life cycle of HIV and examine the places where therapeutic intervention can take place.

MSc Cancer
• Introduction to medicinal chemistry. An introduction to medicinal chemistry, from the early days of Paul Erlich to modern structure based techniques.
• Overview of small molecule anticancer drug development
• Small molecule drug design : Molecular modeling (with Dr Edith Chan)

Academic Background
1982 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Chemistry and Biochemistry To be updated
1982 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Southampton
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