Imperial College London

Prof Ed Tate

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Chemical Biology



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Tate Group Overview

Our research lies at the interface between organic chemistry, the life sciences and medicine, in the fields of chemical biology and chemical proteomics. The unifying theme of our work is the design and application of chemical approaches to understand and manipulate living systems, with an emphasis on processes important to disease. Related to this theme, our group also undertakes research in medicinal chemistry and chemical synthesis/modification of proteins and peptides.

New: PhD studentships available

We are recruiting for PhD studentships, open to EU and Swiss citizens (NB: non EU citizens are not eligible), holding (or expecting to hold) a top class Masters level qualification in a molecular science subject (chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, natural sciences, etc.). Studentships start in October 2018. Please see below for further details, and email your CV and cover letter to Prof Tate to start the application process.

4-year PhD (starting October 2018, deadline 15th January 2018): Novel adjuvants for antibody-based cancer therapeutics: design, biological characterization and influence on membrane-protein structure. You will join the Bubeck and Tate labs at Imperial College to develop structural biology and biophysical approaches to study the role of cd59 in blocking the activation of the membrane attack complex induced by the current and next generations of antibody-based anticancer therapies. These therapies activate the body's own immune system to attack cancer, and we seek to develop drug-like agents which can potentiate their action and prevent resistance which typically leads to therapy failure. This studentship attracts an enhanced stipend; please click here for further information, and to apply online.

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About Prof. Ed Tate

Ed works in the Chemical Biology Section of the  Department of Chemistry, and holds a Satellite Group Leader appointment at the Francis Crick Institute. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), and has been the recipient of three prestigious research fellowships, and research grants from the UK research councils, charity foundations, the EU and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He sits on the editorial advisory boards of Cell Chemical Biology, Molecular BioSystems, the Journal of Chemical Biology and the Biochemical Journal, the committee of the RSC Bioorganic Group, and the ICR/Imperial Cancer Research Centre of Excellence board. He was awarded the 2012 Wain Medal Lecture and Prize and the 2013 RSC/MedImmune Protein and Peptide Science Award in recognition of his research in chemical biology, and was elected FRSC in 2013, and FRSB in 2014. He also recevied the 2013 President and Rector's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision, the 2014 Norman Heatley Award in Chemical Biology, and a 2015 CRUK Programme Foundation Award.

Following a B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the University of Durham, Ed undertook his Ph.D. in organic chemistry and methodology at the University of Cambridge under the guidance of  Prof. Steve Ley. He then w orked for two years with Prof. Sam Zard at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) on an 1851 Research Fellowship, on radical chemistry and natural product total synthesis. The award of a Howard Trust Research Fellowship  enabled him to study molecular microbiology and the role of DNA secondary st ructure in transcriptional activation with Dr. Annie Kolb at the Pasteur Institute (Paris), and following this period of training in biological research he moved to Imperial College London to work on protein chemistry and chemical biology with Prof. Robin Leatherbarrow. In 2006 he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship; in 2010 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, promoted to Reader in Chemical Biology in 2012, and to Professor of Chemical Biology in 2014.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ward JA, McLellan L, Stockley M, et al., 2016, Quantitative Chemical Proteomic Profiling of Ubiquitin Specific Proteases in Intact Cancer Cells, ACS Chemical Biology, Vol:11, ISSN:1554-8929, Pages:3268-3272

Rodgers UR, Lanyon-Hogg T, Masumoto N, et al., 2016, Characterization of Hedgehog Acyltransferase Inhibitors Identifies a Small Molecule Probe for Hedgehog Signaling by Cancer Cells, ACS Chemical Biology, Vol:11, ISSN:1554-8929, Pages:3256-3262

Wright MH, Paape D, Price HP, et al., 2016, Global Profiling and Inhibition of Protein Lipidation in Vector and Host Stages of the Sleeping Sickness Parasite Trypanosoma brucei, Acs Infectious Diseases, Vol:2, ISSN:2373-8227, Pages:427-441

Broncel M, Serwa RA, Bunney TD, et al., 2016, Global Profiling of Huntingtin-associated protein E (HYPE)-Mediated AMPylation through a Chemical Proteomic Approach, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, Vol:15, ISSN:1535-9476, Pages:715-725

Charlton TM, Kovacs-Simon A, Michell SL, et al., 2015, Quantitative Lipoproteomics in Clostridium difficile Reveals a Role for Lipoproteins in Sporulation, Chemistry & Biology, Vol:22, ISSN:1074-5521, Pages:1562-1573

Broncel M, Serwa RA, Ciepla P, et al., 2015, Multifunctional Reagents for Quantitative Proteome-Wide Analysis of Protein Modification in Human Cells and Dynamic Profiling of Protein Lipidation During Vertebrate Development, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol:54, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:5948-5951

Ciepla P, Konitsiotis AD, Serwa RA, et al., 2014, New chemical probes targeting cholesterylation of Sonic Hedgehog in human cells and zebrafish, Chemical Science, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:4249-4259

Douse CH, Vrielink N, Zhang W, et al., 2015, Targeting a Dynamic Protein-Protein Interaction: Fragment Screening against the Malaria Myosin A Motor Complex, Chemmedchem, Vol:10, ISSN:1860-7179, Pages:134-143

Thinon E, Serwa RA, Broncel M, et al., 2014, Global profiling of co- and post-translationally N-myristoylated proteomes in human cells, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723

Hutton JA, Goncalves V, Brannigan JA, et al., 2014, Structure-Based Design of Potent and Selective Leishmania N-Myristoyltransferase Inhibitors, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Vol:57, ISSN:0022-2623, Pages:8664-8670

Douse CH, Maas SJ, Thomas JC, et al., 2014, Crystal Structures of Stapled and Hydrogen Bond Surrogate Peptides Targeting a Fully Buried Protein-Helix Interaction, ACS Chemical Biology, Vol:9, ISSN:1554-8929, Pages:2204-2209

Guttery DS, Poulin B, Ramaprasad A, et al., 2014, Genome-wide Functional Analysis of Plasmodium Protein Phosphatases Reveals Key Regulators of Parasite Development and Differentiation, Cell Host & Microbe, Vol:16, ISSN:1931-3128, Pages:128-140

Rackham MD, Brannigan JA, Rangachari K, et al., 2014, Design and Synthesis of High Affinity Inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax N-Myristoyltransferases Directed by Ligand Efficiency Dependent Lipophilicity (LELP), Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Vol:57, ISSN:0022-2623, Pages:2773-2788

Wright MH, Clough B, Rackham MD, et al., 2014, Validation of N-myristoyltransferase as an antimalarial drug target using an integrated chemical biology approach, Nature Chemistry, Vol:6, ISSN:1755-4330, Pages:112-121

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