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Dr Andrew D. Westwell  -  BSc(Hons) PhD MRSC

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Position:Reader in Medicinal Chemistry

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75800
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74537


  • PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, University of Leeds (1990-1993)
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Leeds (1987-1990)

Research Interests

I am a medicinal chemist with extensive experience of the synthesis and biological evaluation of new small molecules with potential antitumour activity. My research interests can be divided into the following categories:

  • Breast cancer drug design and discovery
  • Selective apoptosis induction in cancer cells
  • Protein-protein interactions as cancer drug targets
  • E3 ubiquitin ligases as therapeutic targets in cancer
  • Diagnostic imaging (Positron Emission Tomography) in oncology and neuroscience
  • Characterisation of novel psychoactive substances, in conjunction with Public Heath Wales and Llandough Hospital Cardiff


Coordinator of the School's Medicinal Chemistry Research Discipline


Teaching Profile


  • Module leader (PH3202) and Senior Lecturer on MPharm degree
  • PH1123 Structure and Function of Cells and Microbes (lectures on DNA and RNA)
  • PH1125 Chemical and Biological Properties of Drug Molecules (lectures/workshops and laboratory classes on physical properties of drug molecules and enzyme inhibitors)
  • PH2106 Introduction to Drug Design and Synthesis (lectures on enzyme inhibitors and prodrugs)
  • PH3101 Optimisation of Drug Design (lectures on cancer therapeutics and tropical medicine)
  • PH3202 Research Methodology (paper appraisal and research methods)
  • PH4105 Problem Solving in Pharmaceutical Sciences (integrated pharmaceutical sciences workshops)
  • PH4208 Pharmacy Research Project (supervision of undergraduate final year projects)

External Examiner

  • University College London, School of Pharmacy