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Dr Jess Healy
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UCL School of Pharmacy
29/39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
Tel: 020 77535961
Appointment
  • UCL Excellence Fellow in Pharmaceutical Chemical Biology
  • SoP Pharmaceutical & Bio Chemistry
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography

Jess received her BSc. in Chemistry from University College Cork in 2006. PhD studies in Medical Sciences were carried out under the supervision of Prof. Ian R. Booth and Dr Stuart Conway at the University of Aberdeen. This involved the development of small molecule probes targeting a bacterial potassium efflux system, Kef, to investigate the molecular mechanism of activation and to validate it as a target for the development of novel antibacterial agents. Subsequent postdoctoral work, continuing this research, was carried in Dr Stuart Conway’s laboratory at the University of Oxford. Jess was appointed as an Excellence Career Fellow in Pharmaceutical Chemical Biology at the UCL School of Pharmacy in September 2013.

Research Summary

My research interests include multi-drug resistance in bacteria and the development of antimicrobials with novel mechanisms of action to combat this. In particular, I’m interested in using a combination of kinetic target guided synthesis, a process whereby the protein ‘catalyzes’ the synthesis of its own best inhibitor through a combination of concentration effects and optimal size-shape complementarity within the binding site, and more traditional fragment based drug discovery to identify leads for a number of detoxification proteins: glyoxalase I, glyoxalase II and glutathione-S-transferase. Selective and potent probes for these enzymes will allow investigation of their roles in antibiotic resistance and their validation as targets for drug discovery.

Appointments
30-SEP-2013 UCL Fellow in Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
30-SEP-2010 – 27-SEP-2013 Postdoctoral research assistant Chemistry Research Laboratory University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Sciences University of Aberdeen
2006 BSc Bachelor of Science – Chemistry University College Cork
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