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Research Theme

Isolation, structural characterisation and pharmacological evaluation of natural peptides and proteins that have therapeutic potential as lead drug candidates.

Research Focus 

 Dr. Wang’s research focus on isolation, structural characterisation and evaluation of natural peptides, performing structure-activity relationships to optimize the bioactivity of peptides as a method of rational drug design and in investigating the mechanisms of their action. A further area of research is the use of electrospray mass spectrometry employing MS/MS fragmentation to achieve the complete molecular characterisation of novel peptide/protein biomarkers of neuroendocrine cancers and in defining tumour subtypes according to their known variation in invasive and metastatic potential.


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Research Students

PhD Area: Identification, Molecular Cloning and Functional Characterisation of Novel Bioactive Peptide Drugs from Amphibian Skin Secretions

Name: Chen Dong (PhD student)

Years of Study: 2014-2017

Country: United Kingdom

PhD title: Identification of Novel Bioactive peptides from Ranidae frog skin secretions

Name: Luyao Zhang (PhD student)

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: United Kingdom

PhD title: Proteomic and genomic studies on skin secretions from Odorrana hejiangensis, Odorrana versabilis and Phyllomedusa coelestis.

Name: Yanjing Dong (PhD student)

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: United Kingdom

PhD title: Identification of novel bioactive peptides from frog skin secretions

Name: Xiaowei Zhou (PhD student)

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: United Kingdom

Alumni: Where are they now?

Dr. Qiang Du

PhD title: Functional genomic studies on selected scorpion venoms.

Years of Study: 2014-2015

Country: China

Current position: Lecturer in China Medical University 

Dr. Ran Wei

PhD title: Peptidomic and bioinformatic studies on neuroendocrine tumour cells.

Years of Study: 2014-2015

Country: China

Current position: Research Fellow in University of Macau

Dr.Hao Pan

PhD Title: Studies on novel bioactive peptides from skin secretion

Years of Study: 2013-2016

Country: China

Current Position: Lecturer in Liaoning University in China

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