Dr Avninder S Bhambra

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Research group(s): Institute of Allied Health Sciences Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 2078792

E: abhambra@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/alliedhealthsciences


Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Allied Health Sciences Research

Research interests/expertise

Structure and ligand based drug design 

Natural products chemistry

In vitro drug screening



  • BSc (Hons)
  • PhD
  • PGCert
  • MRSC
  • CChem

Courses taught

  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • BMedSci Medical Science
  • MSc Advanced Biomedical Science

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chartered Chemistt (CChem)
  • Member of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Editorial Board member for Cogent Chemistry

Current research students

Currently supervising PhD students internally and externally.

Please contact for Master's by Research or PhD opportunities.