Jamieson profile

Andrew Jamieson was born in Glasgow and raised in Strathaven, Scotland. 

In 2003, he completed a BSc Honours degree (1st Class) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. During which he carried out a research project investigating novel antioxidants for the treatment of atherosclerosis, under the supervision of Dr Richard Hartley

He subsequently studied for a Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr Andrew Sutherland. The aim of his Ph.D. was to investigate a new substrate directed, palladium-catalysed aza-Claisen rearrangement, and utilise this novel reaction for the synthesis of natural products. When not working in the laboratory, Andrew could be found trying to beat his supervisor in long distance running races.

In 2007, he took up a postdoctoral research fellowship with Professor William Lubell at the University of Montreal, Canada. During this time he developed a novel synthetic method with which to systematically scan peptides for secondary structure. His research emphasis was determining the bioactive conformation of the growth hormone secretagogue, GHRP-6, as well as the allosteric modulator of the IL-1 receptor, 101.10 (rytvela).

In 2008, he took up a postdoctoral position with Professor Andrew Hamilton FRS at Yale University, USA. While there he worked on the design and synthesis of a novel peptide beta-strand mimetic, before moving with Professor Hamilton in 2009 to the University of Oxford, UK.

In August 2010, he was appointed to a lectureship in the Centre for Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, UK. He currently runs a research group whose work focuses on the synthesis of peptidomimetics that can be used to probe the biological mechanisms of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Andrew’s main hobbies outside of chemical biology are rugby (mainly supporting Leicester Tigers as his playing days are numbered!) and snowboarding.

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Dr Andrew Jamieson


Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester