Ramón Vilar is Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry and is currently Director of Research in the Department of Chemistry. He is also Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/chemical-biology)
The Vilar group is a multidisciplinary team of students (PhD/MRes/UG) and postdoctoral associates based at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub (Chemistry Deparment). They focus on developing novel tools and technologies to interrogate biological systems and their research spans several areas such as medicinal inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, molecular recognition and molecular imaging. Some of the areas of interest include the role that unusual nucleic acids' structures (e.g. G-quadruplexes and triplexes) define their biological function; the biological role metal ions play in living systems; the development of metal-based systems as potential anticancer and antibacterial drugs. The group also has an interest in the development of molecular tools for the detection and removal of environmentally harmful species (such as arsenic, cyanide and lead) in water. See the full list of Prof Vilar's publications here.
Positions currently available in the group:
et al., 2022, Synergistic use of siderophores and weak organic ligands during zinc transport in the rhizosphere controlled by pH and ion strength gradients, Scientific Reports, Vol:12, ISSN:2045-2322
et al., 2021, Content-aware frame interpolation (CAFI): Deep Learning-based temporal super-resolution for fast bioimaging
et al., 2021, Selective Detection of Cu <sup>+</sup> Ions in Live Cells via Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy, Angewandte Chemie, Vol:133, ISSN:0044-8249, Pages:23332-23337
et al., 2021, Selective detection of Cu+ ions in live cells via fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol:60, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:23148-23153
et al., 2021, Cationic helicenes as selective G4 DNA binders and optical probes for cellular imaging, Chemical Science, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:14624-14634