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Prof Colin Suckling

Research Professor

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Colin Suckling has been Freeland Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde since 1989. During the 1990s until 2002, he served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Deputy Principal, and Vice Principal of the University of Strathclyde.  Much of Professor Suckling's work during that time was strategic including the development of inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research partnerships notably the research collaboration with the University of Glasgow (WestCHEM), which was recognized publicly with the award of OBE in 2006.

Recent and current research interests focus on the synthesis and properties of heterocyclic compounds designed as molecular probes for biological systems or as drugs.  Particular progress has been made in the field of fused pyrimidine compounds with anticancer and antiparasite activity and in the field of minor groove binders for DNA with antibacterial activity.  Several discoveries are entering pre-clinical development.

Professor Suckling's standing in the field of heterocyclic chemistry has been recognized by the award of the Adrien Albert Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2009-10) and his appointment as chairman of the 2011 International Congress of Heterocyclic Chemistry to be held in Glasgow.


Evaluation of minor groove binders (MGBs) as novel anti-mycobacterial agents, and the effect of using non-ionic surfactant vesicles as a delivery system to improve their efficacy
Hlaka Lerato, Rosslee Michael-Jon, Ozturk Mumin, Kumar Santosh, Parihar Suraj, Brombacher Frank, Khalaf Abedawn, Carter Katharine, Scott Fraser, Suckling Colin, Guler Reto
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Vol 72, pp. 3334–3341, (2017)
An evaluation of minor groove binders as anti-fungal and anti-mycobacterial therapeutics
Scott Fraser J., Nichol Ryan J.O., Khalaf Abedawn I., Giordani Federica , Gillingwater Kirsten, Ramu Soumya, Elliott Alysha, Zuegg Johannes, Duffy Paula, Rosslee Michael-Jon, Hlaka Lerato, Kumar Santosh, Ozturk Mumin, Brombacher Frank, Barrett Michael, Guler Reto, Suckling Colin J.
European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Vol 136, pp. 561-572, (2017)
Inhibitory Kappa B kinase α (IKKα) inhibitors that recapitulate their selectivity in cells against isoform-related biomarkers
Anthony Nahoum G., Baiget Jessica, Berretta Giacomo, Boyd Marie, Breen David, Edwards Joanne, Gamble Carly, Gray Alexander I., Harvey Alan L., Hatziieremia Sophia, Ho Ka Ho, Huggan Judith K., Lang Stuart, Llona-Minguez Sabin, Luo Jia Lin, McIntosh Kathryn, Paul Andrew, Plevin Robin J., Robertson Murray N., Scott Rebecca, Suckling Colin J., Sutcliffe Oliver Brook, Young Louise C., MacKay Simon P.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Vol 60, pp. 7043-7066, (2017)
Dendritic cells provide a therapeutic target for synthetic small molecule analogues of the parasitic worm product, ES-62
Lumb Felicity E., Doonan James, Bell Kara S., Pineda Miguel A., Corbet Marlene, Suckling Colin J., Harnett Margaret M., Harnett William
Scientific Reports, (2017)
Four pyrrole derivatives used as building blocks in the synthesis of minor-groove binders
Kennedy Alan R., Khalaf Abedawn I., Scott Fraser J., Suckling Colin J.
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Vol 73, pp. 254-259, (2017)
Selective anti-malarial minor groove binders
Scott Fraser J., Khalaf Abedawn I., Duffy Sandra, Avery Vicky M., Suckling Colin J.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters Vol 26, pp. 3326-3329, (2016)

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Professional activities

From blue sky research to big data- external perspectives on making knowledge work
There's no escape - single target, multiple effects
The antibacterial drug, MGB-BP-3, from discovery to clinical trial
Drug discovery backwards -from biological activity to target
Royal Society of Chemistry, North East Region
Invited speaker
International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind: Innovative Ideas in Life Sciences. ICCM-2011
Invited speaker

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Knowledge Transfer Account | Borthwick, Jennifer Anne
Suckling, Colin (Principal Investigator) Jamieson, Craig (Co-investigator) Borthwick, Jennifer Anne (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2010 - 22-Aug-2016
A new drug discovery pipeline for animal African trypanosomiasis / R150401-2
Suckling, Colin (Principal Investigator) Burley, Glenn (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2016 - 31-Mar-2019
Knowledge Transfer Account | Hayhow, Thomas
Suckling, Colin (Principal Investigator) Watson, Allan (Co-investigator) Hayhow, Thomas (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2011 - 13-Oct-2014
Knowledge Transfer Account | Wellaway, Christopher
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Wellaway, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2009 - 15-Nov-2014
Knowledge Transfer Account | Diallo, Hawa
Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Diallo, Hawa (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2009 - 13-Oct-2014
Knowledge Transfer Account | Hardy, Charlotte
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Hardy, Charlotte (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2009 - 30-Jun-2014

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