Chris  Arter

Chris obtained his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex in 2014, with a final year project focusing on x-ray crystallography to identify fragments bound to a membrane protein.

Following 2 years in the microbiology industry, Chris returned to academia and completed his MSc in Chemical Biology and Drug Design at the University of Leeds in 2017. His research project was undertaken with Prof. Andy Wilson, titled ‘Inhibition of protein-protein interactions using peptidomimetics’, and involved synthesis and use of an unnatural amino acid to constrain a peptide as an inhibitor of a protein-protein interaction.

Chris’ PhD is funded by a White Rose BBSRC DTP scholarship, and will focus on utilisation of activity-directed synthesis to discover potent novel inhibitors of kinase protein Aurora-A.