Meilan Huang

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    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

-Rational Enzyme Engineering of Biocatalysts for Synthetic Biology -Computational Photocatalysis -Computer-Aided Molecular Design and Optimization -Development of Structure-Based Statistical Potentials

20022021

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Particulars

I joined Queen’s University Belfast in 2007 as a lecturer. I worked with Prof Fengling Qing's in the Lab of Organoflorine at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1998-1999. After obtaining my PhD degree in Computational Chemistry at Zhejiang University in Feb 2003 and a postdoc with Prof Arvi Rauk in the Department of Chemistry at University of Calgary Canada in the same year, I was a Welcome Trust research fellow in the Laboratory of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at University of Oxford with Prof W.Graham Richards, FRS in 2004-2006 and research fellow with Prof Artem Cherkasov in Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada in 2006-2007.

I have published over 60 full research articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. As the corresponding author, I have published in top chemistry journals such as J Am Chem Soc (https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b02709), Nature Communications (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11155-3), ACS Catalysis (https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.6b02380), Chem Comm, etc. in close collaborations with organic chemists, molecular biologists, structural biologists.

I supervised the computational team and accomplished the interdisciplinary biotechnological project “Development of a computational and molecular biology platform between QUB and Almac”, and just launched the new INSIGHT project, in close collabration with Almac. So far, I have secured over £2m research income with a share of £621k.

Research Interests

Computational Chemistry and Biology;

Enzyme Engineering;

Biocatalysis;

Rational Drug Design;

Photocatalytis;

Statistical algorithm and Machine Learning

Teaching

PGCHET

CHM1015: Skills for Physical Chemistry (Module Coordinator)

CCE1102: Physical Theory

CHM3005C: Computational Chemistry in Drug Discovery (2019-present) (Module Coordinator)

CHM4007: Frontier in Medicinal Chemistry (2013-2019) (Module coordinator)

CHM3010: Practical Skills in Chemistry (Module Coordinator)

CHM3016: Drug Development

Achievements

2017: Queen's Student Union "Education Excellence Award" 

2021: Newton Fund Research Links Workshop grant-2020-RLWK12-10149 "Catalytic Chemistry and Chemical Technology of C1 process" British Council.

2021-2023: Royal Society: IEC\NSFC\201177 - International Exchanges 2020 “Machine Learning-assisted Directed Evolution of Enzymes”.

2021-2024: "INSIGHT: IN Silico Informed metaGenomic Harvesting Technology platform - Development of an advanced and secure enzyme discovery platform for Almac and QUB" Invest NI, RD11181114, £1,287,329

2015-2019: "New Biotechnology: Development of Computational and Molecular Biology Platforms for Almac and QUB" Invest NI, RD3014092, £763,210.  

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