Group Leader

Professor Matthew Fuchter

Brief Biography:
Matthew Fuchter is a Professor of Chemistry, co-Director of the Centre for Drug Discovery Science and co-Director of the MRes in Drug Discovery in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. He was formally a member of the Organic Division Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is currently the UK representative to the EuCheMS Division of Organic Chemistry and an Associate Editor of the RSC journal RSC Medicinal Chemistry (formally MedChemComm). He is involved in multiple multidisciplinary centres of excellence at Imperial including the Institute of Chemical Biology, the Imperial College Network of Excellence in Malaria, the Cancer Research Centre of Excellence, the Antimicrobial Research Collaborative, the Centre for Plastic Electronics and the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Dr Matt Fuchter

He completed PhD research under the supervision of Professor A. G. M. Barrett, FRS FMedSci and postdoctoral studies at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia, where he worked with Professor A. B. Holmes, FRS. Prior to his position at Imperial College he was the RCUK Academic Fellow at the School of Pharmacy (University of London). He returned to Imperial College in July 2008 as a Lecturer in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in July 2012, Reader in September 2015 and Professor in September 2018.

In 2014 he was awarded the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize, as well as being admitted to the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Fellow. In 2015, he was selected as a Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee by the Editorial Board for the Thieme Chemistry journals and was selected as the 'most meritorious runner-up' of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia (2015).

In 2017, he won an Imperial College President’s Excellence in Research Award and a President’s Medal (together with Professors Tony Barrett, Charles Coombes and Simak Ali) for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious 2018 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry and a 5-year EPSRC Established Career Fellowship. In 2020, he was an honouree for the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom, conferred by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.

For more details see his personal web page.

The group

PhD students:

Postdoctoral co-workers:

Imperial College Research Fellow:

  • Jamie Lewis

Undergraduate students:

  • Martin Flerin Maver (MSci) – Photopharmacology
  • Shiau Tan (BSc) – Novel applications of photoswitches

Other co-workers affiliated with the group:

  • Matthew Ward (PhD), Campbell lab – chiral materials for device applications
  • Francesco Furlan (PhD), Campbell lab – chiral materials for device applications
  • Heather Ang (Postdoc), Brady lab – New technologies to map the methylome in cancer
  • Nadia Hoyas Perez (PhD), Lewis lab – Supramolecular chemistry
  • Theodora Constantin (PhD), Bevan lab – Prostate cancer 
  • Zoe Heckhausen (PhD), Hajkova lab – DNA methylation in development


Previous group members

Katie Addison (PhD) 
Matthias Baud (PhD)
Jochen Brandt (PDRA) 
Joachim Caron (PDRA)
Thomas Chavas (PhD)

Fanny Cherblanc (PhD)
Hannah Cook (PhD)
Rosenildo da Costa (PDRA)
Rob Davidson (PhD, PDRA)
Paolo Di Fruscia (PhD)
Ornella Di Pietro (PDRA)
Luíza dos Reis Cruz (PhD)
Melis Ekinci (PhD)

Nina Forkel (PhD)
Dilraj Judge (PhD)
Fu-Howe Lee (PhD)
Jean-Noël Levy (PhD/PDRA)
Alexandra Lubin (PhD) 
Dan Mercea (PhD)

Kate Montgomery
Thomas Moss (PDRA)
Rob Richardson (PDRA)
James Rushworth (PhD)
Daniel Scott (PhD)
Nitipol Srimongkolpithak (PhD)
Sandeep Sundriyal (PDRA)
Nicole Trainor (PhD)
Angela Udemba (PhD)
Jessica Wade (PDRA)
Li Wan (PhD)
Marko Weimar (PDRA)
Claire Weston - (PhD/PDRA)
Harry Whitwell (PDRA)
Ying Yang (PDRA)
Ainoa Rueda Zubiaurre (PDRA)

Group Photos

 Group Photos
 Group Hike 2011
 Group hike 2011
 Black Tuesday 2013
 Black Tuesday 2013
 Bounce 2014
Churchill Arms 2017
Churchill Arms 2017
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