Changing lives

Chemistry’s good for our health

There are so many areas of human and animal health – developing medicines, cutting air pollution, working in antibiotic resistance, progressing medical devices and prosthetics – in which chemistry plays a vital role, prolonging and improving life.

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    Scientific leader

    Richard uses digital technologies to design and select compounds for new medicines.

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    Co-founder and machine learning lead of tech startup Ignota Labs

    Layla builds cutting-edge AI algorithms that improve the drug discovery process by exposing unsafe medicines early on

  • University of Nottingham, Tyler Harvey-Cowlishaw

    University laboratory technician apprentice

    Tyler carries out experiments linked to covid-19 reseach and lung diseases

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    Bioanalytical scientist

    Claire’s work involves stress testing new medicines in various stages of drug development to ensure they are robust and reliable before being released onto the consumer market

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    Analytical chemist

    Tilly does research on human breath samples to potentially diagnose conditions like asthma and infectious diseases including cancer

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    Associate scientist, pharmaceuticals

    Holly develops new medicines at a global pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca alongside completing her degree apprenticeship

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    Research assistant

    Lewis contributes to cutting-edge scientific research using specialist equipment to potentially diagnose diseases like cancer sooner

  • Lewis smiling at the camera.

    Bionanotechnology PhD student

    Lewis is researching cutting edge ways to improve the treatment of diseases of the colon

  • Erin Maciejewski working in a lab.

    Process chemist – higher apprentice, pharmaceuticals

    Erin helps turn new medicines into finished products so that they can be mass-produced for patients.

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    Forensic toxicologist

    Calum helps ensure public safety through the toxicological testing of everyday items like food, cosmetics, electronics, medicines and textiles to ensure they are safe to use and consume

  • Nanotoxicologist


    Vicki examines how tiny nanomaterials present in everyday products such as medicine, electronics and clothing interact with our bodies to ensure they are safe to use or consume

  • John Woodland sitting at his desk with surrounding equipment

    Medicinal chemist

    John explains how he’s changing lives by designing and synthesising potential medicine for infectious diseases like malaria

  • MediSieve’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Cristina Blanco-Andujar

    Chief technology officer

    Cristina helps develop technology that could change lives by extracting disease from the body

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    Scientific associate, NMR spectroscopy

    Christopher uses NMR to identify the structure of new and unknown chemical compounds to support the development of new medicines

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    Forensic scientist

    Joni investigates biological samples for the presence of drugs and alcohol and also examines evidence seized by the police

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    Advanced apprentice, forensics

    Jamie describes what it’s like to work alongside scientists to deliver a service that supports the criminal justice system

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    Associate researcher, pharmaceuticals

    Discover how you can change people’s lives as a chemist supervising the making of active ingredients in medicines

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    Assistant analyst, drug control centre

    Nicola describes how chemistry enabled her to play a vital part as an assistant analyst in the anti-doping laboratory for the Olympic Games

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    Director of medicinal chemistry

    Find out what’s involved in leading a team of 30 scientists who are researching new medicines

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    Senior director of chip research

    Jason talks about his team’s important work on a platform that allows scientists to sequence DNA wherever they are and uncover viral outbreaks, or identify new species.

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