Robert (Bob) Reid

Title: Dr

First name: Robert (Bob)

Surname: Reid

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I remember reading about organic chemistry in my early high school years, before chemistry was even offered as a subject. I completed B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Sydney in a quest to learn everything about organic chemistry. At the time a career for organic chemists in Australia was uncertain but I was compelled to discover all that chemistry could offer before contemplating other options. Able to make colourful materials or pharmacologically active substances or new molecules never before known in the entire universe - the tools of organic chemistry give power over nature.

I studied at Oxford University U.K. with Professor Jack Baldwin (1990-1993) on the biosynthesis of penicillins before returning to the labs of my former mentor Professor Max Crosssley at Sydney. I was then attracted to the Centre for Drug Design and Development at the University of Queensland and now the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and have been a member of the Fairlie group since 1994.

Research Interests:
My primary research interests have been design and synthesis of new human therapeutics including anti-inflammatory drugs, antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer agents and ligands for G protein coupled receptors. Working within a team of chemists, molecular modellers, biologists and pharmacologists it is possible to address every facet of the drug discovery pipeline under one roof. The facilities at the IMB are truly world class and only your imagination can limit what can be achieved in Group Fairlie.


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