Skip to content

Dr Tim Snape

Job: Associate Professor of Applied Chemical Science

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

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

T: 0116 366 4791



Personal profile

Tim attended the University of Nottingham to study for his MSci degree in Chemistry (2000), after which he went to the University of Liverpool (2000-2003) to study for his PhD, in the research group of Professor Stan Roberts, where his research focused on the synthesis and biological evaluation of cyclopentenone prostanoids. 

After his PhD, Tim spent a few months in the fine chemical sector before returning to academia to complete post-doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Clayden at the University of Manchester. Afterwards, Tim entered the CoEBio3 (University of Manchester) as a Research Fellow where he spent two years establishing his research group by developing new synthetic methods to biologically important molecules and structural building blocks and applying them to the synthesis of natural products. 

In July 2008 Tim was appointed as a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Central Lancashire where he continued to develop his research, then as a Senior Lecturer, and subsequently as a Principal Lecturer, until moving to De Montfort University in 2020 as an Associate Professor.

Research group affiliations

Leicester Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation for Integrated Care (LIPIIC)

Publications and outputs

[Add Publications and Outputs content here]

Research interests/expertise

Tim's research group has interests in a number of areas including: synthetic organic chemistry - encompassing the development of rearrangement reactions, the use of enzymes in synthesis and the synthesis of indoles and foldamers, all of which are aimed at the synthesis of bioactive molecules and synthetically useful chemical building blocks. 

He is also interested in the biological activity of the molecules his group makes, and current interest lies in the anticancer and antimicrobial properties of a range of privileged structures and foldamers, and in particular their activity against a number of glioma and medulloblastoma cell lines and resistant bacteria.

Areas of teaching

Organic and medicinal chemistry


  • MSci (Hons) Chemistry, University of Nottingham (2000)
  • PhD, University of Liverpool (2003)
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire (2012)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem, CSci)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

ORCID number