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Professor Chris Willis

Professor Chris Willis

Professor Chris Willis
B.Sc.(Lond.), D.Phil.(Sus.)

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Area of research

Natural Products: Synthesis and Biosynthesis

Office N324
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7660


Natural products isolated from bacteria, fungi and plants from both marine and terrestrial environments are a rich source of compounds of medicinal and agrochemical importance. We have published >130 papers which centre upon:-

  • Structure elucidation and total synthesis of natural products
  • Design and synthesis of probes to elucidate biosynthetic pathways and enzyme mechanisms
  • Enantioselective synthesis of amino acids and heterocycles
  • Isotopic labelling, biotransformations and reaction mechanisms

Professor Willis is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis


  • natural products
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • plants
  • compounds
  • biosynthetic pathways
  • enzyme mechanisms
  • amino acids



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