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Design and Development of Anti-Infective Drugs

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Personal Statement

Fraser obtained an MSci(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 2009, which was followed by a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Colin J. Suckling OBE, at the same institution awarded in 2012. His doctoral studies spanned computational and synthetic medicinal chemistry, and microbiology, focussed on developing Minor Groove Binders as novel anti-infective agents. During this time, Fraser also obtained a BA(Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, and a BSc(Hons) in Computing with Mathematical Sciences, with the Open University.

Following the completion of his doctorate in 2012, Fraser obtained a PGDE in Chemistry and an MEd in Education studies whilst embarking on a short career in Secondary School education in Scotland. In 2014 he returned to the research group of Prof. Colin J. Suckling OBE at the University of Strathclyde to take up a Post-Doctoral position that included project managing the now commercial Strathclyde Minor Grove Binder drug discovery project, alongside medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and microbiology investigations. During this time, Fraser also completed an MSc in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and was employed as an associate lecturer in Mathematics by the Open University.

In 2016, Fraser took up a position as a Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Lincoln, before moving to the University of Huddersfield as Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology later that year. In 2019, Fraser took up a position as a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021.

Research Interests

Fraser's research interests lie within the field of anti-infective drug discovery and STEM education.

Within the context of drug discovery, he is principally focused on developing the novel class of anti-infective agent Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders (S-MGBs) to contribute to global biosecurity threat preparedness. Consequently, his research interests span drug design, chemical synthesis, nucleic acid-ligand interactions and antimicrobial screening, all within the context of bacterial, fungal, parasitic or viral infections.

Fraser has a broad interest in STEM education, heavily informed by his current teaching in HE, and previous experience in Scottish secondary schools as a teacher of chemistry. Current research projects include: the importance of numeracy to STEM education; understanding, and better developing, education of STEM careers in schools and HE; and, enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in science education.

Fraser welcomes enquiries about post graduate research opportunities in both drug discovery and education research.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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