Dr Ravi Singh is currently a teaching fellow (lecturer) in organic chemistry based mainly at the South Kensington campus. He is an academic tutor at both first and second year, alongside teaching duties in workshops and laboratories across the undergraduate chemistry degree programmes. He was made a fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) in July 2022.
In November 2022, Dr Singh was part of a team which was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Education prize. This was a Horizon Prize in Education for creating practical experiments and activities that aimed to prepare students for research in organic synthesis. This work was published in the Journal of Chemical Education where theory was linked to experimental design. This was done during his PhD at the University of Leeds.
Prior to lecturing, he held a position as research associate/lab manager at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub (White City campus) in the group of Professor Ed Tate. Ravi’s role involved managing the Tate research group and conducting small molecule synthesis. In addition he was the course manager for the MRes in Drug Discovery and Development (DDD) course which also involved directly supervising several students on research projects, and teaching/assessing at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.
Ravi obtained his degree in Medicinal Chemistry (MChem, BSc) from the University of Leeds, with his MChem research project focusing on disrupting protein-protein interactions implicated in cancer. This was achieved using a combination of small molecules and constrained peptides. Ravi then remained at the University of Leeds to complete an interdisciplinary PhD which involved working in the Department of Chemistry, Leeds Institute of Cardiology and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), and The Astbury Centre for Structural and Molecular Biology. This research project aimed to identify and optimize novel small molecules against a confidential target implicated in thrombosis. The project utilized a combination of in silico modelling, organic synthesis, and biochemical testing. Colleagues at LICAMM designed and developed an in vitro chromogenic assay which was used to generate potency and selectivity data of the synthesized molecules. Ravi then initiated an NMR fragment screening process (The Astbury Centre) to generate hits for a new series against the biological target of interest.
Dr Singh also has a strong interest in Chemical Education. During his PhD, he designed and developed online tools which were used in undergraduate lectures and then published in the Journal of Chemical Education. Ravi also blended his PhD research with the undergraduate teaching laboratories by creating a series of workshops. This allowed students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a ‘real world’ setting in a classroom-based activity, which resulted in another publication in the Journal of Chemical Education. Ravi was then awarded his Associate Fellowship of the Advance HE in August 2018 and was invited to speak at ViCEPhEC 2018 held at the University of Sheffield. In 2022, Ravi was awarded his Fellowship from Advance HE.
Research interests: organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, chemical education, computational modelling, protein-ligand NMR, fragment-based drug discovery, chemical biology.
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