Professor Colin Fishwick

Professor Colin Fishwick


I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, graduating with First Class Honours in 1982. I went on to carry out my PhD there from 1982-1985 before joining the staff at University of Leeds in 1985. I was appointed to a Chair in Medicinal Chemistry in 2009. I am currently Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Leeds and Honorary Visiting Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Bradford, Institute of Cancer Therapeutics and at the University of Sheffield. I have authored more than 140 publications. In 2019, I took up the post of Head of the School of Chemistry at Leeds.


  • Head of School

Research interests

Computer-aided design and subsequent synthesis of drug-like moleculesdirected against important therapeutic targets including antibacterial, antimalarial, antithrombotic, anti-Alzheimer's agents and anti-cancer agents. Use of synthetic 'probe' molecules in the study of biological structure and function.

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  • PhD, University of Liverpool
  • BSc, University of Liverpool

Professional memberships

  • Editorial Board, Scientific Reports
  • Editorial Board, ACS Infectious Diseases
  • Editorial Board, European Journal of Medicnal Chemistry

Student education

As well as being Head of School, I teach organic and medicinal chemistry at all levels.

Research groups and institutes

  • Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
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