Queen Mary University of London Biochemistry

Queen Mary University of London Biochemistry

Queen Mary University of London Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is delivering world-class research and communicating these developments to the next generation of scientists.

Our researchers come from a range of disciplines and work in a collaborative environment on synthesis, assembly, and the structure and function of biological and chemical molecules. This is some of the most fascinating, challenging and useful research of our time, addressing key global challenges of healthy ageing, new medicines and antibiotics, advanced materials and catalysts.

We integrate our most recent discoveries into our taught undergraduate programmes: BSc Chemistry (3 years), MSci Chemistry (4 years), BSc Biochemistry (3 years), MSci Biochemistry (4 years) and BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry (3 years).  Additionally, we offer Chemistry with a year in Industry and Biochemistry with a year in Industry, both 4 year courses. Our chemistry programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. We have close collaborations with the Materials Research Institute, Institute of Bioengineering and Life Sciences initiative.

Student development is central to our department, and our aim is to enable students to become independent, self-motivated and highly skilled laboratory practitioners. Chemistry programmes require 100 hours of laboratory work per year, which enables students to hone their laboratory skills. We have gold standard final year projects which means students are embedded in a research group and have the opportunity to make discoveries and contribute both to the research of the group and to scientific literature.  After graduating some students choose to continue their scientific research and join PhD programmes offered by individual scientists or as part of programmes such as the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme, where QMUL is a partner.

The department is currently engaged in four innovative themes of work: Synthesis; Advanced functional materials; Theory and modelling of complex systems; Structural Biology.  Chemistry and Biochemistry at the interface with biology and medicine is also a prominent feature of our work in many of these areas.


Dr Stellios Arseniyadis, Dr Christopher Bray, Dr Cristina Giordano, Dr Chris Jones, Dr Nathalie Lebrasseur, Dr Tippu Sheriff, Prof Mike Watkinson, Dr Peter Wyatt

Advanced functional materials

Dr Isaac Abrahams, Dr Matteo Palma, Prof Marina Resmini, Dr Ali Zarbakhsh

Theory and modelling of complex systems

Dr Gregory Chass, Dr Rachel Crespo-Otero, Dr Devis Di Tommaso, Dr Arianna Fornili, Dr Sarantos Marinakis

Structural Biology

Dr James Garnett, Prof Simon Gaskell, Dr Bob Janes, Dr Ewan Main, Dr Lilia Milanesi, Dr Jon Nield, Prof Richard Pickersgill, Dr Maxie Roessler, Dr Ben Stieglitz, Dr John Viles, Prof Tony Vlcek

These areas are underpinned by research income from the EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, British Heart Foundation and the European Union. We are supported by investments in: analytical services, EPR facility, X-ray facility, NMR facility.  We are located in the state-of-the art Joseph Priestley Building.

Go to our research page to see a full list of all staff in our school.

Name Position Research group Interests
Abrahams, Dr Isaac Senior Lecturer Solid State Structural Chemistry, Ionically Conducting Solids, BIMEVOX
Arseniyadis, Dr Stellios Reader in Organic Chemistry Asymmetric catalysis – Bio-hybrid catalysis – C-H activation – Synthetic methodology development – Natural product synthesis
Bray, Dr Christopher Lecturer Synthesis and Catalysis Organic Chemistry, Total Synthesis, Synthetic Methodology
Cambeiro, Dr Xacobe Lecturer in Organic Chemistry Sustainable chemistry, Photoredox, Iron, reductive couplings, Base metal catalysis
Chass, Dr Gregory Reader in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry
Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel Lecturer in Theoretical/Computational Organic Chemistry Computational Chemistry, Excited States, Photochemistry, Non-adiabatic Dynamics
Darbari, Dr Vidya Lecturer in Structural Biology  X-ray, Crystallography, Electron microscopy, Protein-protein interaction, Ribonucleoprotein complex, Gene regulation
Devis, Dr Di Tommaso Lecturer Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Computational Chemistry, Density Functional Theory, Molecular Dynamics, Polymorphism, Crystal Nucleation
Fornili, Dr Arianna Research Fellow Structural Biology and Photosynthesis

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Protein Conformational Changes, Cardiac Muscle, Molecular Modelling
Garnett, Dr James Early Career Researcher Xray Crystallography, NMR, Molecular Microbiology, Secretion Systems, Biofilms