Postgraduate Symposium XI

biological and medicinal chemistry symposium for postgraduates


Friday, 8th December 2017

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK


Registration is open


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Symposium announcement

Online registration form


Travel information

RSC webpage



The RSC-BMCS (Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector) will host its eleventh postgraduate symposium for PhD students and post-doctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas.  Researchers working in these areas are invited to participate.



Registration will open at 9 am, and talks will start at 10 am.

The day will consist of 11 oral presentations (8 students, 3 keynotes) plus a flash poster section.  Each 20-minute student talk will be followed by 10 minutes for questions.  Throughout the day, there will be keynote talks from industrial and academic chemists.  A buffet lunch will be provided to accompany the poster session.


Confirmed guest speakers are:

    Sarah Major, Evotec

    Youcef Mehellou, Cardiff University

    William McCoull, AstraZeneca



Registration and refreshments


Welcome, opening remarks and housekeeping announcement



First session - Chairman: John Skidmore, University of Cambridge


Development of dual IGF1R/INSR inhibitors for oncology - a case study
Sarah Major, Evotec


Computer-aided design and validation of multi-target ligands against key proteins in neurodegenerative diseases
Leen Kalash, Cambridge University of Cambridge


Using structure-based drug design to combat antimicrobial resistance and exploit new antimicrobial targets
Ricky Cain, University of Warwick


Student flash presentations (prior to lunchtime poster competition)
22 presentations each of two minutes - the listing may be found here


Lunch and poster session



Second session - Chairman: to be confirmed


Mining kinase signaling pathways for drug discovery opportunities
Youcef Mehellou, Cardiff University


The design and synthesis of bromodomain photoaffinity probes
David Fallon, University of Strathclyde


A droplet microfluidics platform for generating and screening cyclic peptide libraries of over a hundred million members
Catrin Sohrabi, University of Southampton


Design and development of novel acetogenin-inspired trypanosomatid inhibitors
Marija Zacharova, University of St Andrews





Third session - Chairman: Dave Alker, David Alker Associates


Structure based design of high affinity macrocyclic inhibitors of B-cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6)
William McCoull, AstraZeneca


Aromatic ynamines: a new bio-orthogonal group for step-efficient sequential bio-conjugation
Marine Hatit, University of Strathclyde


Towards selective FGFR kinase inhibitors: a de novo design approach
Lewis Turner, University of Leeds
17.30Cyclic peptide inhibition of epigenetic reader domains
Oliver Coleman, University of Oxford


Closing remarks


Wine mixer


Presentation of prizes





Those who were interested in presenting relevant PhD or post-doctoral work were asked to submit a half-page abstract by Friday, 15th September in addition to registering. Those selected by the BMCS committee to give oral presentations were notified before 3rd November.


Travel expenses will be reimbursed to speakers.


This event is FREE, but all attendees were required to register as soon as possible and no later than by Friday, 1st December.  


Online registration is available here.



Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW

Directions to the venue may be found here.



The BMCS judges will award prizes to some participants. There will be prizes of 300 for the best oral presentation and of 150 for the best poster. These will be celebrated at the end of the day.


Sponsors and Supporters

We are grateful to our confirmed supporters:

Sponsors are sought to support this event.


Organising Committee

Dave Alker, Chemistry Recruitment Consultant
Anthony Coyne, University of Cambridge

Ashley Jarvis, Domainex
John Skidmore, University of Cambridge
Gordon Saxty, Fidelta

Event Contact

For sponsorship and other enquires, please contact Dave Alker.


Registration is open