Drug discovery team

Our Drug Discovery Institute couples the biological expertise of international collaborators with innovative in-house drug discovery expertise. Our Institute houses dedicated biology, chemistry, pharmacology and screening teams to evaluate promising new targets. We then establish assays to screen compound libraries for hits against these targets and improve hits into potent and selective lead compounds. This provides the basis for the development of the next generation of medicines to treat neurodegeneration.


Head of Biology: Jamie Bilsland
Postdoctoral Research Associates: Jana Vandrovcova
Sarah Jolly
Lorenza Magno
Verena Lang
Research Assistants: Daniela Melandri
Stefan Constantinou


Pharmacology and Screening
Head of Pharmacology and Screening: Magda Bictash
Postdoctoral Research Associates: Fiona Jeganathan
Emma Armstrong
Amy Monaghan
Research Assistants: Artur Costa
Georgie Lines


Head of Chemistry: Paul Fish
Postdoctoral Research Associates: Hannah Woodward
Ben Atkinson
Jim Sipthorp
David Steadman
Will Mahy
Elliott Bayle
Nicky Willis
David Adams