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Research Area

Discovery and development of nature-derived bioactive peptides 


Research Focus

Dr Chen’s research focuses on the vast potential of natural peptide libraries contained in venomous secretions from arthropods, amphibians and reptiles as a source of novel drug candidates for conditions such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes and drug-resistant bacterial infections. 

The key area has included the isolation, structural identification and activity evaluation of novel antimicrobial peptides against ESKAPE pathogens, smooth muscle contractile agonists/antagonists, serine protease inhibitors and anticancer peptides, as well as the investigation of their mechanisms. 

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Research Opportunities

 Open to PhD applications in the fields of peptide science, antibiotic-resistance, anti-cancer drug development. 

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Research Students

PhD title: Functional Study of Novel Bioactive Peptides from Natural Products


Name: Xiaowei Zhou

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: China

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


Name: Luyao Zhang

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: China

Alumni: Where are they now?

Ran Wang


 PhD title: Biological effects of novel amphibian skin peptides and their catabolism

Years of Study: 2008-2011

Country: China

Current position / other relevant details: Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy, Tianjin Medical University, China

Xiaole Chen


PhD title: Bioactive peptides of edible frog (Rana esculenta) skin secretion: identification, precursor cloning and metabolism.

Years of Study: 2008-2011

Country: China

Current position / other relevant details: Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy, Fujian Medical University, China

Qiang Du


PhD title: Functional genomic studies in selected scorpion venoms

Years of Study: 2012-2015

Country: China

Current position / other relevant details: Lecturer in School of Pharmacy, China Medical University, China

Di Wu


PhD title: Genomic and bioinformatics studies on bioactive peptides from skin secretions

Years of Study: 2014-2017

Country: China

Current position / other relevant details: Lecturer in School of Pharmacy, Wenzhou Medical University, China

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