Chemistry adventures in drug discovery

Professor Tyler discusses the challenges and enjoyment of creating novel materials by chemical synthesis, and searching for enzyme inhibitors as new medicines

Inaugural lecture - Professor Peter Tyler

October 2016

Chemistry is at the core of life, and all biological processes involve chemistry. The thousands of enzymes in our bodies enable essential chemical reactions to take place. Sometimes it’s important to shut down certain enzymes in order to cure a disease or mitigate its effects—and this requires the design and synthesis of molecules that inhibit the enzymes. In his professorial lecture, Professor Tyler discusses the challenges and enjoyment of creating novel materials by chemical synthesis, and searching for powerful enzyme inhibitors as new medicines.

This is Professor Tyler’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington.