Blair Johnston, Assistant Director CMAC National Facility


  • United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Dr Blair Johnston is a Reader in Computational Modelling at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. He teaches on the Masters of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Clinical Pharmacy and Chemistry with Drug Discovery degrees.

My group has research interests in five broad areas: drug discovery, molecular structure simulation, machine learning and prediction, data analysis, and web-enabled science and collaboration tools. In the vast majority of our research, we work closely with experimental scientists in the design and execution of collaborative research to realise the full potential of their laboratory data. This combination of experiment and theory often provides unique insight into the systems being studied.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 199830 Sep 2001

Award Date: 1 Mar 2002

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 199431 May 1998

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

External positions

Pharmaceutical Data Science Lead (Joint Appointment), National Physical Laboratory NPL

1 Jul 201830 Jun 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 200131 Mar 2002

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Research Output

Dysregulation of endothelial cell connexin-43 localisation in response to doxorubicin

Veerman, B., McGivern, S-J., Dempsie, Y., Martin, P. E. M., Johnston, B., Currie, S. & Cunningham, M. R., 5 Apr 2020, In : Heart . 106, 1, 1 p., 11.

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Non-leaching, highly biocompatible nanocellulose surfaces that efficiently resist fouling by bacteria in an artificial dermis model

Hassan, G., Forsman, N., Wan, X., Keurulainen, L., Bimbo, L. M., Stehl, S., van Charante, F., Chrubasik, M., Prakash, A. S., Johansson, L-S., Mullen, D. C., Johnston, B. F., Zimmermann, R., Werner, C., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Coenye, T., Saris, P. E. J., Österberg, M. & Moreira, V. M., 20 Jul 2020, In : ACS Applied Bio Materials. 3, 7, p. 4095-4104 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Data for: "Data mining crystallization kinetics"

    Brown, C. (Supervisor), Maldonado, D. (Creator), Vassileiou, A. (Supervisor), Johnston, B. (Supervisor) & Florence, A. (Supervisor), University of Strathclyde, 30 Jan 2020


    Data for: "Olanzapine crystal symmetry originates in preformed centrosymmetric solute dimers"

    Warzecha, M. (Creator), Verma, L. (Contributor), Johnston, B. (Supervisor), Palmer, J. (Supervisor), Florence, A. (Supervisor) & Vekilov, P. G. (Supervisor), University of Strathclyde, 14 Sep 2020



    Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) European UGM and Science Day

    Blair Johnston (Participant)

    13 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hubs Showcase Event - CMAC

    Blair Johnston (Speaker)

    30 Apr 20193 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk