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John Shaw

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



I grew up in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and went on to study Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (MSci), specialising in chemistry. I went on to study for my Ph.D. at the University of Reading under the supervision of Howard Colquhoun, where I investigated sequence-information in poly(imides) using a combination of molecular modelling and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Following this, I took a postdoctoral position at Imperial College, working with Charlotte Williams on catalysis and polymer synthesis, using organometallic catalysts to incorporate CO2 into polycarbonates. This work took me to our spin-out company, Econic Technologies, where I worked on incorprating CO2-based polyols into polyurethanes.

I then decided to return to study, taking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Brasenose College, Oxford, training to be a secondary school science teacher. I completed my NQT training at Didcot Girls' School in Oxfordshire, where I continued to teach chemistry and computer science. I came to Nottingham in June 2018, and I now teach on the chemistry aspects of the MPharm, MSci (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and BSc (International Pharmacy) courses.

Teaching Summary

MPharm Pharmacy:

  • Essential Skills for Pharmacists. Module Convenor. I also teach the chemistry aspects of this course; structure and bonding and their applications to pharmacy.
  • Dyspepsia. The chemical basis for the pathology of the upper gastrointestinal tract, and its pharmaceutical treatment.
  • Renal and Endocrine Disease. Protein chemistry and its applications to endocrine diseases. Protein engineering, insulin and diabetes; methods for protein analysis.
  • Viral and Parasitic Infections. The chemistry of anthelmintic drugs, antimalarials and antivirals. Computational approaches to drug discovery.

BSc International Pharmacy:

  • Drug Discovery and Future Medicines. Module Convenor. I teach an introduction to drug discovery; the drug discovery pipeline, hit and lead development, SARs.

MSci Pharmaceutical Sciences:

  • Synthesis of Simple Drugs. Module Convenor. An introduction to synthetic chemistry. MO theory and reactivity, reactions of the carbonyl group.
  • Synthesis of Complex Drugs. The chemistry of heterocycles, and the synthesis of drug molecules containing principally nitrogen- and oxygen-based heterocycles
  • Natural Products. Classes of Natural Products, biosynthesis and semisynthetic approaches.

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