Group Leader

Professor Matthew Fuchter

Brief Biography:
Matthew Fuchter is a Professor of Chemistry and co-Director of the Centre for Drug Discovery Science in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. He is also a Founder, NED and Head of Chemistry for NK:IO Ltd. Beyond this, he is a Theme Champion and Management Board member of the Centre for Processable Electronics, an Editorial Board member for the journal Chirality and an Advisory Board member for RSC Medicinal Chemistry (formally MedChemComm). He was formally a member of the Organic Division Council (now Organic Chemistry Community Council) of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the UK representative to the EuCheMS Division of Organic Chemistry. He is involved in multiple multidisciplinary centres of excellence at Imperial including the Institute of Chemical Biology, the Imperial College Network of Excellence in Malariathe Antimicrobial Research Collaborative, the Centre for Processable Electronics, Centre for Quantum Engineering Science and Technology, and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (since 2015) and the European Academy of Sciences(since 2023).

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, AC FRS FAA FInstP. 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 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in July 2012, Reader in September 2015 and Professor in September 2018.

Professor Fuchter has been awarded a number of prizes in recognition of his work. These include the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize (2014), 2nd prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia (2015), conferred by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), a 2017 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, the 2018 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom (2020), conferred by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences, the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize (2021), a RSC 2022 Materials Chemistry Division Horizon Prize: Stephanie L Kwolek Award, and the 2023 RSC BMCS Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize.

The group


PhD students

Postdoctoral co-workers

Undergraduate students

  • Ifaz Syed-Hussain (MSci) – Photopharmacology
  • Holly Gill (MSci) – Photoswitchable materials
  • Rui Tao (MSci) – Photopharmacology
  • Xinran Li (MSci) – Photopharmacology

MRes students

  • Kathryn Koh – Photopharmacology
  • Sean Gurung – Photoswitch discovery

Other co-workers affiliated with the group

  • Priyankush Choudhury (RA), Peck lab, Barts Cancer Institute
  • Richard Barlett (PhD), Aragon lab, LMS
  • Krzysztof Oliwa (PhD), Greenaway lab, Imperial Chemistry


Katie Addison (PhD)

Nathan Allcock (PhD)

Ollie Bardell-Cox (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)


Nicole Deacon-Smith (PhD)

Paolo Di Fruscia (PhD)

Ornella Di Pietro (PDRA)

Luíza dos Reis Cruz (PhD)

Melis Ekinci (PhD)

Nina Forkel (PhD)

Rosie Gibson (PhD)

Jake Greenfield (PDRA)

Robert Heinze (PDRA)

Dilraj Judge (PhD)

Fu-Howe Lee (PhD)

Emily Leonidou (PhD/PDRA)

Jean-Noël Levy (PhD/PDRA)

Alexandra Lubin (PhD)

Dan Mercea (PhD)

Kate Montgomery (PhD)

Thomas Moss (PDRA)

Anne Neumann (PhD)


Magdalena Odaybat (PhD)

Helena Pickford (PDRA)

Rob Richardson (PDRA)

James Rushworth (PhD)

Séan Ryan (PDRA)

Francesco Salerno (PhD)

Daniel Scott (PhD)

Nitipol Srimongkolpithak (PhD)

Sandeep Sundriyal (PDRA)

Kanut Tangsangasaksri (PhD)

Aditya Raymond Thawani (PhD/PDRA)

Nicole Trainor (PhD)

Angela Udemba (PhD)

Amaia Uriz Huarte (PhD)

Jessica Wade (PDRA)

Li Wan (PhD)

Marko Weimar (PDRA)

Claire Weston (PhD/PDRA)

Harry Whitwell (PDRA)

Yang Yang (PDRA)

Ying Yang (PDRA)

Ainoa Rueda Zubiaurre (PDRA)

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