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Chris Moody

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Chris Moody is Sir Jesse Boot Professor of Chemistry and Head of Organic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He is a Mancunian and was educated at Manchester Grammar School and King's College, London, before carrying out his PhD research at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Charles Rees investigating the synthesis and reactions of nitrogen-sulfur ylides. He spent a postdoctoral year at the ETH in Zürich working with Albert Eschenmoser on the stereochemistry of 1,4-elimination reactions before taking up a post in industry at Roche. In 1979 he was appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College, London, and was promoted to a readership in 1989. In 1990 moved to the chair of organic chemistry at Loughborough University, and in 1996 he was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Exeter. He moved to his current post in Nottingham in August 2005.

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Sustainable synthetic methodology new methods in heterocyclic chemistry; new routes to indoles, pyridines, oxazoles, thiazoles etc. dirhodium(II) catalysed N-H insertion reaction precious metal free coupling reactions solar photochemistry catalytic oxidation methods in organic synthesis Natural Product Synthesis marine natural products cyclic peptides thiopeptide antibiotics quinone ansamycin antibiotics Molecular targeting of cancer, malaria and neurodegeneration anticancer agents based on heterocyclic quinones design of substrates and inhibitors of NADH quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1, NQO2) role of other redox enzymes in disease, e.g. thioredoxin, indoleamine dioxygenase (IDO) inhibitors of heat shock proteins.

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