Edward Hems

Postgraduate Student
Biological Chemistry

I am a NRP funded Ph.D student with a background in Organic chemistry. My project focuses on the synthesis of small compounds inspired by algal toxins produced by Prymnesium parvum.  These include various bis-alkynes, as well as glycosylated backbone fragments and related sugar nucleotides.

These compounds are being used for two purposes – the first is to develop tools for detecting the toxins in samples using antibodies and spectroscopic techniques.  These detection systems will help agencies responsible for managing fish stocks make decisions on how best to mitigate the effects of a harmful algal bloom.  The second is as standards in an algal sugar nucleotide profiling project.

As well as traditional organic synthesis, work at John Innes has given me an opportunity to branch out into chemoenzymatic synthesis, as well as learning a range of purification and analysis techniques such as HPLC, GPC and bench top mass-spectroscopy.


Tel: 01603 452464

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I was part of team that contributed towards JIC successful Excellence with Impact 2016 award.


ITV Anglia: http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2014-10-30/scientists-in-norfolk-develop-water-testing-kit-to-save-thousands-of-fish-from-deadly-toxin/

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