User:Matthew Todd

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Mat, recently

Chair of Drug Discovery, University College London. I work in the School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX. My group also works at my former institution, The University of Sydney.

You can find also me on Twitter and on my blog.

If you're looking for our open science research, try:
The Open Source Malaria (OSM) Consortium
or maybe an overview of what we think open science is, courtesy of an open access Nature Chemistry article.
There's also The Synaptic Leap - where the open projects got started
our PZQ LabBlog for some raw data on the first open science project
or more raw data in the OSM project
as well as the associated wiki

Mat, more recently

which contains the Story So Far,
and smaller malaria updates there's the malaria Twitter account or G+ page and a selection of talks/meetings on Youtube More generally you could also read some of my research group's papers
or some papers we're writing

Mat, near some graffiti

Short Bio

Mat Todd was born in Manchester, England. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from Cambridge University in 1999, was a Wellcome Trust postdoc at The University of California, Berkeley, a college fellow back at Cambridge University, a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and between 2005 and 2018 was at the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. He is now Chair of Drug Discovery at University College London.

His research interests include the development of new ways to make molecules, particularly how to make chiral molecules with new catalysts. He is also interested in making metal complexes that do unusual things when they meet biological molecules or metal ions. His lab motto is "To make the right molecule in the right place at the right time", and his students are currently trying to work out what this means.

He has a significant interest in open science, and how it may be used to accelerate research, with particular emphasis on open source discovery of new medicines. He founded and currently leads the Open Source Malaria (OSM) and Open Source Mycetoma (MycetOS) consortia, and is a founder of a broader Open Source Pharma movement. In 2011 he was awarded a NSW Scientist of the Year award in the Emerging Research category for his work in open science and in 2012 the OSM consortium was awarded one of three Wellcome Trust/Google/PLoS Accelerating Science Awards. For his open source research, Mat was selected for the Medicine Maker's Power List in 2017 and 2018. He is on the Editorial Boards of PLoS One, ChemistryOpen and Nature Scientific Reports. He lives in Greenwich, London, with his wife and two children.


  • 2018-Present Professor and Chair of Drug Discovery, University College London
  • 2005-2018 Lecturer through to Associate Professor, University of Sydney
  • 2001-2005, Lecturer in Chemistry, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2000-2001, College Fellow and Lecturer, New Hall College, Cambridge University
  • 1999-2000, Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1999, PhD, Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University
  • 1995, MA, Natural Science, Cambridge University

Research interests

  1. Drug Discovery
  2. Synthetic methodology
  3. Automated methods in synthesis
  4. Open Source Drug Discovery


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