David R Spring University of Cambridge

David R Spring University of Cambridge

Professor David Spring

University of Cambridge
Department of Chemistry

Position: Professor

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Professor David Spring is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

David R Spring University of Cambridge, Research description

Our research interests are centered on using organic synthesis to make small molecules and peptides, which potentially could be used for early stage drug discovery. For more detailed information, please visit the Spring Group web pages: http://www-spring.ch.cam.ac.uk/research/research.shtml (link is external)

Our research interests originate from a desire to understand and exploit biological systems using organic synthesis primarily. Listed below are areas of research that we are exploring; for more detailed information visit the Spring Group web pages.

Diversity-Oriented Synthesis
Synthetic Methodology
Protein-Protein Interactions
Quorum Sensing
New Antibiotics
Next Generation Therapeutics

We collaborate with many chemical companies and academic groups around the world. The scientific education of group members in organic synthesis is given a high priority; however, they are encouraged also to learn and perform new techniques relating to their projects with our industrial and academic collaborators. Every effort is made so that group members achieve their career ambitions, usually jobs in academia or the chemical industries.

Research Interests

For more detailed information please visit the Spring Group research pages.


If you are looking for the teaching material from my lecture courses, then please go to the Moodle website.


For a list of all our publications please visit the Spring Group publication page.