Dr Fraser Scott

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Fraser obtained an MSci(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 2009, which was followed by a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Colin J. Suckling, at the same institution awarded in 2012. His doctoral studies spanned computational and synthetic medicinal chemistry, and microbiology, focussed on developing Minor Groove Binders as novel anti-infective agents. During this time, Fraser also obtained a BA(Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, and a BSc(Hons) in Computing with Mathematical Sciences, with the Open University. Following the completion of his doctorate in 2012, Fraser obtained a PGDE in Chemistry and an MEd in Education studies whilst embarking on a short career in Secondary School education in Scotland. In 2014 he returned to the research group of Prof. Colin J. Suckling at the University of Strathclyde to take up a Post-Doctoral position that included project managing the, now commercial, Minor Grove Binder drug discovery project, alongside medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and microbiology investigations. During this time, Fraser also completed an MSc in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and was employed as an associate lecturer in Mathematics by the Open University. In 2016, Fraser took up a position as a Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Lincoln, before moving to a position as Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Huddersfield from 2017 to 2019. Fraser is currently a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde


Students' reflections on an employability skills provision
Scott Fraser J, Willison Debra
Journal of Further and Higher Education (2021)
How safe is your playground? Analyzing soil in Scottish schools through a university outreach project
Willison Debra, Davidson Christine M, Scott Fraser
Journal of Chemical Education Vol 97, pp. 4321-4329 (2020)
RSC Education Division (Scotland) Survey 2019-20
Scott Fraser
Cyrene is a green alternative to DMSO as a solvent for antibacterial drug discovery against ESKAPE pathogens
Camp Jason E, Nyamini Simbarashe B, Scott Fraser J
RSC Medicinal Chemistry (2019)
Selective in vitro anti-cancer activity of non-alkylating minor groove binders
Nichol Ryan, Khalaf Abedawn, Sooda Kartheek, Hussain Omar, Griffiths Hollie, Phillips Roger, Javid Farideh, Suckling C J, Allison Simon, Scott Fraser
Medicinal Chemistry Communications Vol 10, pp. 1620-1634 (2019)
What do our school reports really say?
Turner Kirsty L, Scott Fraser, Jackson Andrew
Impact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching (2019)

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Research interests

Fraser's research interests lie within the filed of anti-infective drug discovery. He is principally focused on developing the novel class of anti-infective agent Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders (S-MGBs) to contribute to global biosecurity threat preparedness.

Professional activities

ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting: Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Oral Prsentation at ScotChem Perkin Meeting 2021
ACS Fall 2020 National Meeting: Division of Small Chemical Businesses
University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)
Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

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Using NMR to provide insight into the mechanism of action of the novel, first-in-class antibiotic, MGB-BP-3 ( Henry Tait)
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Examining the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Employability of Students - an Employer’s Perspective (Emma Burns)
Walker, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Lorraine (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2021 - 20-Jan-2021
DiversiChem: Enhancing the Career Readiness of BGE Pupils for the Chemistry Profession: Scientists are not all “white men in white coats”
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Willison, Debra (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2022
A Socio-economically-informed Approach to Novel Treatments for TB Part 2
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
SFC GCRF Escalator Fund £25,394
31-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Investigating a novel class of Gram-negative active antibiotic suitable for clinical use
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | McGee, Leah
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator) McGee, Leah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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