Dr Anna Barnard – Group Leader

AnnaAnna is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry and the Insitute of Chemical Biology. Her JRF is sponsored by Professor Ed Tate at Imperial and Tony Holder at the Francis Crick Institute.

After graduating with an MChem degree from Durham University in 2008, Anna began a PhD in Chemistry with Professor David Smith at the University of York on self-assembling dendrons with applications in gene delivery which included a research visit at the University of Illinois. From 2012, she worked as a post-doctoral research associate with Professor Andy Wilson at the University of Leeds for 2 years on the development of novel inhibitors of protein-protein interactions. She then carried out a post-doc at Imperial College with Ed Tate for one year until the start of her JRF position in October 2015.

Postgraduate students

Theo FlackTheo Flack – PhD Student 2015-Present

I graduated with an MSci in chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2014. During my Erasmus year in France, I designed and synthesised template-assembled catalytic G-quartets under the supervision Nicolas Spinelli at UJF/CNRS Grenoble. My final year project in Bristol was supervised by Dek Woolfson and focused on the de novo design of higher-order coiled-coils.

In October 2015, I joined Imperial College London under the supervision of Anna Barnard, Ed Tate and Tony Holder (Francis Crick Institute). My project aims to create a novel class of multi-facial helix mimetics for the inhibition of fully-buried protein-helix interactions. Initially, the mimetics will be designed to antagonise the MTIP-MyoA interaction in Plasmodium parasites.

ClaraClara Bernardi - MRes in Drug Discovery and Development 2018/19

I graduated with a BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Queen Mary University in 2018. My final year dissertation was supervised by Professor Tony Vlcek and focused on targeting and delivering anticancer agents based on avidin-biotin complexes.

Since completing my undergraduate degree, I enrolled on MRes in Drug Discovery and Development at Imperial College, where I am currently working on a project under the supervision of Dr Anna Barnard and Professor Matthew Fuchter that aims to investigate the use of novel synthetic photoswitchable Stapled Peptide for Protein-Protein Interaction Inhibition.


 Muhammed Muhammed Haque - MRes inDrug Discovery and Development 2017/18
 Ana Ana Losada de la Lastra - MSci Student 2017/18
 Hannah Hannah Kiely-Collins - MSci Student 2017/18
 Fiona Fiona Rowan - Postdoctoral Research Associate Jan 2017-April 2018

Dan Miles - MRes in Drug Discovery and Development 2016/17


Yingchao Wang - MRes in Drug Discovery and Development 2016/17

 Oliver Fischer  

Oliver Fischer - Erasmus Student 2017


Femke Meijer - Erasmus Student 2016/17

 Michelle Tan  

Michelle Tan - MSci Student 2015/16

 Huda Baldo  

Huda Baldo - MRes in Drug Discovery and Development 2015/16