Fellow: Gilbert
Elected: 2020
Discipline: Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Ian Gilbert
Head of the Drug Discovery Unit and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee
Professor Gilbert is a medicinal chemist with an interest in drug discovery for infectious diseases, particularly those affecting low- and middle-income countries, such as malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas’ disease, tuberculosis and cryptosporidiosis. His research interests also include understanding the molecular mechanisms by which compounds are active against the pathogens that are being targeted. Professor Gilbert is keen to investigate new ways of carrying out drug discovery; for example, using new computational methods. Recently, he has started working with scientists in low- and middle-income countries to try to develop drug discovery capabilities in their own countries.