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Dr Andrea Brancale  -  PhD

Career Profile

I have graduated in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996. I have moved to Cardiff at the end of 1997 and I have completed my PhD at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2001 under the supervision of Prof McGuigan working on a novel class on anti-VZV (Varicella Zoster Virus) nucleosides. Following a two year post-doctoral position under the supervision of Prof. McGuigan, I was appointed lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2002 and promoted to senior lecturer in 2011.


Research Interest

Before being appointed as lecturer, my research experiences were mainly in the design and synthesis of novel antiviral nucleosides and nucleotides. When I have started my academic appointment I have focused my scientific interest in the use of computer-based techniques to understand biological problems and design novel potential drugs, in particular in the antiviral and anticancer research fields.  In my research project I apply several different structure-based methodologies, like molecular docking, homology modelling and molecular dynamics. More recently, I have made a strategic decision to expand my research in the molecular modelling software developing area.

I am the Chemistry Editor of Antiviral Chemistry and Chemotherapy 



2013 William Prusoff Young Investigator Lecture Award – Presented by the International Society For Antiviral Research


Scientific & Professional Service

Member of the International Society for Antiviral Research.

Chair of the Website Committee and Webmaster of the International Society for Antiviral Research

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc.