Ramón Vilar is Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. He is also Viced Dean for Research at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
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) have in defining their biological function; the biological role metal ions play in living systems; the development of metal complexes 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., 2024, Content-aware frame interpolation (CAFI): deep learning-based temporal super-resolution for fast bioimaging., Nat Methods
et al., 2024, Cellular Visualization of G-Quadruplex RNA via Fluorescence- Lifetime Imaging Microscopy., J Am Chem Soc, Vol:146, Pages:1009-1018
et al., 2023, Platinum(II)‐Based Optical Probes for Imaging Quadruplex DNA Structures via Phosphorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy, Angewandte Chemie, Vol:135, ISSN:0044-8249
et al., 2023, Platinum(II)-Based Optical Probes for Imaging Quadruplex DNA Structures via Phosphorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, ISSN:1433-7851
et al., 2023, Syntheses, Characterization, and DNA Binding Studies of a Series of Copper(II), Nickel(II), Platinum(II) and Zinc(II) Complexes Derived from Schiff Base Ligands, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ISSN:1434-1948