Alison A. Edwards

Universities of Kent and Greenwich at Medway, United Kingdom


Alison A. Edwards obtained her B.S. degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Dundee in 1999 and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Oxford in 2003. Prior to joining the Medway School of Pharmacy in 2006, she held a Postdoc position at Imperial College London. Her early research focused on the synthesis and conformational study of sugar-derived peptidomimetics (commonly known as sugar amino acids). She teaches a range of topics including “carbohydrates as drugs,” spectroscopy, and organic, physical, and general chemistry. She has recently been involved in a COST action on foldamers and an Interreg network on peptides (Peptide Research Network of Excellence (PeReNE)). Her research interests include the chiral, structural, and functional complexity inherent in monosaccharide and amino acid building blocks which are the focus of research efforts in the key areas of (i) the design, synthesis, and secondary structural investigation of peptidomimetic systems (i.e., foldamers) and (ii) the development of hydrogelators with designed biocompatibility. In particular, a combined spectroscopic approach is utilized to understand the conformational preference of novel foldamers systems where circular dichroism is fully exploited.

Biography Updated on 2 October 2013

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