Dr David Pye

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience

  • Cockcroft Building Room 304
  • T: +44 (0)161 295 4701
  • E: d.pye@salford.ac.uk
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I have worked in the fields of biomedical science and clinical research for over 20 years. I am currently a senior lecturer at the University of Salford where I teach at masters and undergraduate level in drug design and biomedical science. I have a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Manchester. After finishing my PhD I spent many years as a scientist in clinical research and medical oncology at the Christie hospital in Manchester, UK before becoming a biology lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. 

My hobbies out of work include spending time on my allotment, flying light aircraft and working as a part-time fire-fighter.


I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on the schools; biochemistry, pharmaceutical science and biomedical science programmes. I currently teach on 13 modules including proteomics and genomics, medical biochemistry, biochemistry of drugs and disease, drug discovery design and development.

I am also an external examiner at Liverpool John Moore’s University and a member of the College of Science and Technology  “College Programmes and Partnerships Approval and Review Committee (CPPARC)"

Research Interests

I currently offer PhD projects in design of new cancer therapeutics, antimicrobial drug discovery, applications of glycomics in medical diagnosis and molecular drug design.

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow of the Society of Biology

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science

Member of the Biochemical Society

Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Chartered Biologist (CBiol)

Local Ambassador, Biochemical Society

Member of Policy Committee, Biochemical Society


Murphy, K., McLay, N. & Pye, D (2008), 'Structural studies of heparan sulfate hexasaccharides: new insights into iduronate conformational behaviour', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130, pp.12435-12442.