Dr. James Wilkinson

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Cockcroft Building Room 303

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry; Programme Leader for Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry


I studied for my BSc, MSc and PhD at King’s College London from 1985-1992. I carried out postdoctoral research at Salford and Sheffield before obtaining a temporary lectureship at Sheffield in 1997. I have been a lecturer at Salford from 2000 and senior lecturer since 2008.

Areas of research

Medicinal Chemistry, Cancer, Glycomimetics, Synthesis


I am currently programme leader for Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry but also contribute to our programmes in Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Biochemistry and the Foundation Year.  This involves teaching organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, spectroscopy and clinical biochemistry at all levels from 3 to 7.

Research Interests

I have worked in organic synthesis since my PhD and, more recently, in medicinal chemistry. I began my research career investigating the synthetic use of free radicals but most of my publications have been in the area of organolithium chemistry applied to asymmetric synthesis.  The other area of interest is small molecule heparin sulfate mimics with applications as anti-cancer compounds and in prevention of endothelial dysfunction.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSC (Hons) Chemistry.
  • MSc Chemical Research.
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry.


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Biochemical Society.