Dr Daren Fearon, Diamond Light Source Ltd

Dr Daren Fearon, Diamond Light Source Ltd

Start Time: 
Mon 12/04/2021 - 4:30 PM
End Time: 
Mon 12/04/2021 - 5:00 PM

WEHI Postgraduate Lecture series hosted by Dr Brad Sleebs

Dr Daren Fearon
XChem Beamline Scientist, Diamond Light Source, UK

Crystallographic fragment screening of the SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease and crowdsourcing the development of antiviral drugs

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Includes Q&A session

Daren is a Beamline Scientist on the XChem Platform at Diamond. He joined the XChem team in February 2020 following 6 years in the Structural Biology group at the drug discovery company Evotec in Abingdon, where he was a frequent user of the platform.

He studied Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow before completing a PhD in structure-based design of protein kinase inhibitors with Professors Keith Jones and Richard Bayliss at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Following his PhD studies, he spent 2 years as a PDRA in the Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics group at the University of Southampton working on the identification and validation of novel anti-bacterial drug targets.