Dr Bhambra is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) at De Montfort University (DMU). Throughout his time at DMU, Dr Bhambra has taught across multiple HLS undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes using an engaging and adaptive teaching and learning philosophy. He is an experienced Programme Leader where he successfully led the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited BSc Biomedical Science programme. As an experienced academic with an interest in quality assurance, Dr Bhambra is actively involved in quality related events with higher education institutes and accrediting bodies across the health and life science disciplines.
Dr Bhambra’s research interests lie at the interface between biology and chemistry, with particular focus on developing potential drug candidates for cancer and neglected tropical diseases including human African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. This involves exploring naturally occurring molecules from a range of plant sources and synthetics within various bioassays. The design of synthetic molecules is based on either bioactivity guided structure activity relationship analyses or by implementing in silico drug development techniques against relevant drug targets.