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Colin Suckling, OBE BSc PhD DSc CChem FRSC FRCS(Glasg) Hon FRCS (Edin) FRSA FRSE


  • United Kingdom

1991 …2020
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Personal Statement

Colin Suckling has been Freeland Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde since 1989. During the 1990s until 2002, he served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Deputy Principal, and Vice Principal of the University of Strathclyde.  Much of Professor Suckling's work during that time was strategic including the development of inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research partnerships notably the research collaboration with the University of Glasgow (WestCHEM), which was recognized publicly with the award of OBE in 2006.

Recent and current research interests focus on the synthesis and properties of heterocyclic compounds designed as molecular probes for biological systems or as drugs.  Particular progress has been made in the field of fused pyrimidine compounds with anticancer and antiparasite activity and in the field of minor groove binders for DNA with antibacterial activity.  Several discoveries are entering pre-clinical development.

Professor Suckling's standing in the field of heterocyclic chemistry has been recognized by the award of the Adrien Albert Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2009-10) and his appointment as chairman of the 2011 International Congress of Heterocyclic Chemistry to be held in Glasgow.

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Projects 2007 2020

Research Output 1991 2019

Novel minor groove binders cure animal African trypanosomiasis in an in vivo mouse model

Giordani, F., Khalaf, A. I., Gillingwater, K., Munday, J. C., De Koning, H. P., Suckling, C. J., Barrett, M. P. & Scott, F. J., 28 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 62, 6, p. 3021-3035 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
African Trypanosomiasis
Trypanosoma congolense
Trypanosoma vivax
Africa South of the Sahara

Selective in vitro anti-cancer activity of non-alkylating minor groove binders

Nichol, R., Khalaf, A., Sooda, K., Hussain, O., Griffiths, H., Phillips, R., Javid, F., Suckling, C. J., Allison, S. & Scott, F., 1 Sep 2019, In : Medicinal Chemistry Communications. 10, 9, p. 1620-1634 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cell Line
Ovarian Neoplasms


Analogues of BH4 and nitric oxide synthase activators

Author: Akbar, M. N., 1 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Suckling, C. (Supervisor) & Gibson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

The design, synthesis and optimisation of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors as potential anti-inflammatory agents

Author: Hardy, C., 1 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Kerr, W. (Supervisor) & Suckling, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Gold medal of Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists

Colin Suckling (Recipient), Feb 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Honorary Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Colin Suckling (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Election to learned society


Activities 2007 2017

From blue sky research to big data- external perspectives on making knowledge work

Colin Suckling (Speaker)
Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

There's no escape - single target, multiple effects

Colin Suckling (Speaker)
Mar 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


MGB Biopharma licensed to treat deadly infections

Colin Suckling (Participant), Iain Hunter (Participant), Alan Harvey (Participant), Simon MacKay (Participant), Curtis G. Gemmell (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services