Dr Ian Archer

Dr Ian Archer

Honorary Fellow

Room 108

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Overview


I joined IBioIC as Technical Director in August 2015.

My background was in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical process development. I developed expertise at the interface of molecular biology, microbiology and bioprocess development while Head of Process Development at Ingenza where I was responsible for all aspects of bioprocess development.

I joined Ingenza in 2004 after spending 6 years as a Work Group Leader in Process Technology with Zeneca (latterly Avecia) in Grangemouth, Scotland. I received my degree and PhD in chemistry from Imperial College, London. I carried out post-doctoral research in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh with Prof Nick Turner on the biosynthetic pathway of aristermycin.

I have lectured in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh since 2008


  1. Archer, I. V. J. (1997). Epoxide hydrolases as asymmetric catalysts. Tetrahedron, 53(46), 15617–15662. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0040-4020(97)00843-0
  2. Misawa, E., Chan Kwo Chion, C. K. C., Archer, I. V., Woodland, M. P., Zhou, N.-Y., Carter, S. F., et al. (1998). Characterisation of a catabolic epoxide hydrolase from a Corynebacterium sp. European Journal of Biochemistry / FEBS, 253(1), 173–183. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1432-1327.1998.2530173.x
  3. Archer, I. V. J., Leak, D. J., & Widdowson, D. A. (1996). Chemoenzymic resolution and deracemisation of (±)-1-methyl-1,2-epoxycyclohexane: the synthesis of (1-S, 2-S)-1-methylcyclohexane-1,2-diol. Tetrahedron Letters, 37(48), 8819–8822. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0040-4039(96)01998-3
  4. Fotheringham, I., Archer, I., Carr, R., Speight, R., & Turner, N. J. (n.d.). Preparative deracemization of unnatural amino acids. Biochemical Society Transactions, 34(2), 287–290.