Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Chair in Chemical Biology



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The group’s research interests cover a range of topics including eukaryotic protein folding and single molecule approaches to protein dynamics and protein counting. Everything we do involves interdisciplinary approaches to biological research problems – we collaborate with physicists, mathematicians and engineers across Imperial College.

We were founder members of the  Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology and the Institute of Chemical Biology. The EPSRC-funded CDT started life in 2003 and was recently renewed for a 4th round of student intake from 2019-2024. In the first three CDT programmes we trained around 150 PhDs in Chemical Biology subjects ranging from optics, spectroscopies, microfluidics and other physical science-based platforms to biological problems such as artificial vesicles/cells and cancer drug discovery.



Ho V, Baker J, Willison K, et al., 2023, Single cell quantification of microRNA from small numbers of non-invasively sampled primary human cells, Communications Biology, Vol:6, ISSN:2399-3642, Pages:1-11

Wilkinson MD, Ferreira JL, Beeby M, et al., 2022, The malaria parasite chaperonin containing TCP-1 (CCT) complex: Data integration with other CCT proteomes, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Vol:9

Tahirbegi IB, Magness A, Piersimoni ME, et al., 2022, Towards high throughput oligomer detection and classification for early-stage aggregation of amyloidogenic protein, Frontiers in Chemistry, Vol:10, ISSN:2296-2646


Ho V, Baker JR, Willison KR, et al., 2022, An amplification-free, innovative, multiplex assay to quantify microRNAs in single cells from COPD patients, EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD, ISSN:0903-1936

Ho V, Baker JR, Willison KR, et al., 2022, Novel Single Cell Analysis of microRNA Levels in Response to Oxidative Stress and in COPD Using Microfluidic Technology, International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society, AMER THORACIC SOC, ISSN:1073-449X

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