Staff Profile:Dr Geoff Brown
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- Lecturer in NMR Spectroscopy
- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Dr Brown's current research interests centre upon the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to various problems in chemical biology. In particular, he is interested in i) the biosynthesis of the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, from the medicinal plant Artemisia annua; ii) the investigation of the formose reaction, which is thought to have been one of the fundamental processes involved in the origin of life; and iii) the development of new NMR techniques for solving problems in both chemistry and biology. Dr Brown is also engaged in collaborative research with Professor Bob Rastall of the School of Food Bioscience into the solution structure of anti-adhesive oligosaccharides; with Professor Ian Hamley of the Chemistry Department into the solution structure of peptides which may of relevance to Alzheimer's disease; and with Professor Simon Andrews of the School of Animal and Microbial Sciences into the solution structure of microbial iron transport proteins.
Dr Brown currently holds a grant for £375,000 for research into the biosynthesis of artemisinin from the BBSRC.