Andy Wilson visited Notre Dame 6th form College in Leeds to give a talk to their lower sixth students about his career.
During his visit, Andy outlined the drug discovery process and explained the important role that chemists play in this process. Andy highlighted the particular challenges associated with discovering new medicines for targets such as protein-protein interactions (PPIs), which typically involve intrinsically disordered domains. Addressing such challenges could translate into potential treatments for major societal diseases. Andy used the PoPPI protein matchmaking game to highlight the complexity of protein-protein interactions.
Head of Department for Chemistry and Physics Rachel Hodgetts said, “Our students really enjoyed learning about the interactions involved in certain drugs and could relate it to their study of intermolecular forces.”