Dr Julien Michel is a co-recipient of the 9th Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award in 2020. The Award recognises Julien’s work on molecular simulation methods for the optimisation of protein-ligand interactions, and in particular, for the application of this technology to the discovery of a novel class of potent cyclophilin inhibitors with potential application in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
The Our Health project has been selected to receive Principal's Teaching Award Scheme funding. Our Health projects create community-based research that invites local communities to set real-world research questions and agendas around health and wellbeing. The project is based on the ‘science shops’ model that is used widely across Europe to try to bridge research institutes and wider society.
Representing the UK Soil Security Programme at The Royal Society London event, Dr Nicholle Bell showcased the outputs of the research program focusing on UK peatland restoration. Presenting to farmers, soil scientists and policy makers, she demonstrated the practical implications and policy impact of their research.
Dr Julien Michel has collaborated with the software company Cresset under InnovateUK funding to integrate the open source software SOMD developed in his group for the past 7 years into Cresset's fully featured graphical user interface Flare, optimised for use in industry. SOMD is used to carry out Free Energy Perturbation calculations to predict compound activities of drug-like molecules ahead of expensive synthesis and bioactivity assays.
The School of Chemistry’s partnership with East Lothian-based SME Sunamp Ltd, which has resulted in the first commercialisation of domestic heat storage technology, has been highlighted in the Scottish Parliament’s debate on Scotland as a Science Nation.
Speaking in the debate, Richard Lochead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, described the Sunamp collaboration as an example of the great scientific work being carried out in Scotland:
Her first job will be to present her biocatalysis work at the EYCN 2020 event in Sitges, Spain in January. Over the next two years Shona will build networks with other young chemists from across Europe.
The project will use computational modelling techniques to predict new energetic materials with tailored properties.
Dr Olof Johansson and Prof. Euan Brechin recently organised a meeting on Photophysics of Molecular Magnets at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The meeting brought together researchers from realted disciplines in chemistry and physics whose work often overlaps but who rarely have the chance to sattend the same conferences.
Dialysis technology company Invizius has secured funding from a consortium of investors including Mercia Asset Management and the University’s own venture investment fund, Old College Capital.
Invizius stems from years of research by Dr Andy Herbert and his team in the University’s School of Chemistry. In May 2018 he co-founded Invizius and became the Chief Technology Officer at the company.
The researchers believe they have found a way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among patients undergoing long-term dialysis.