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Dr David Palmer


Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I am a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Stratchlyde.  I was born in London, but grew up in Cumbria in north west England.  After obtaining a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, I worked as a synthesis chemist for Norbrook Laboratories before reading my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.  Between 2008 and 2011, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and then at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.   In 2012 I was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship and returned to the UK to join the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde.  I moved to my current position in the Department of Chemistry in February 2014.


3D matters! 3D-RISM and 3D convolutional neural network for accurate bioaccumulation prediction
Sosnin Sergey, Misin Maksim, Palmer David S., Fedorov Maxim V.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Vol 30, (2018)
Health economic evaluation of a serum based blood test for brain tumour diagnosis : exploration of two clinical scenarios
Gray Ewan, Butler Holly J, Board Ruth, Brennan Paul M, Chalmers Anthony J, Dawson Timothy, Goodden John, Hamilton Willie , Hegarty Mark G, James Allan, Jenkinson Michael D, Kernick David, Lekka Elvira , Livermore Laurent J, Mills Samantha J, O'Neill Kevin, Palmer David S, Vaqas Babar, Baker Matthew J
BMJ Open Vol 8, (2018)
Comparative molecular field analysis using molecular integral equation theory
Ansari Samiul M., Palmer David S.
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, (2018)
PRFFECT : a versatile tool for spectroscopists
Smith Benjamin R., Baker Matthew J., Palmer David S.
Chemometrics and intelligent laboratory systems, (2018)
Optimal water networks in protein cavities with GAsol and 3D-RISM
Fusani Lucia, Wall Ian, Palmer David, Cortes Alvaro
Bioinformatics, (2018)
On the effect of mutations in bovine or camel chymosin on the thermodynamics of binding κ-caseins
Ansari Samiul M., Sørensen Jesper, Schiøtt Birgit, Palmer David S.
Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, pp. 1-36, (2017)

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Research interests

The main focus of my research is the development and application of molecular simulation and molecular informatics methods to solve industrially relevant problems at the interface between biochemistry and chemical physics.  Recent examples have included the design of an enzyme for use in food manufacturing (in collaboration with Chr. Hansen A/S) and the development of new methods for computational drug discovery using the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids (in collaboration with AstraZeneca).

Professional activities

ScotCHEM 2015
Computational Biomolecular Design using the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids: from Drug Discovery to Bionanotechnology
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (Journal)
Guest editor
WE-Heraeus Seminar on "Exploring Solvation Science"
Modelling Molecules and Materials – M3 MGMS Meeting
248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

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Endofotonics (ZICOM) postdoc
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2018 - 31-Oct-2019
Accurate permeability prediction for “New Modalities” compounds using 3D RISM
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2018 - 30-Sep-2021
A novel blood test for the early diagnosis of cancer and for pro-active health screening (High Growth Spin Out Phase 2)
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
Period 03-May-2017 - 02-Nov-2018
A novel blood test for the early diagnosis of cancer and for pro-active health screening.
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
Period 03-May-2016 - 03-Aug-2017
Bridging the Gap Grant - In silico to in clinic-o
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
Period 02-Mar-2015 - 02-Jun-2015
Fast and Accurate Predictions of Physical-Chemical Properties of Bioactive Molecules
Palmer, David (Academic)
Period 01-May-2014

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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