Dr. Christopher Phillips, Associate Director Structural Biology, Astra Zeneca, is a leader in pharmaceutical research with expertise in fragment-based drug discovery, structure-based drug design, target analysis, kinases, phosphodiesterases, nuclear hormone receptors, and proteases. In his current role, as Associate Director of Structural Biology at Astra Zeneca, he is leading a team of scientists supporting pipeline projects with structural insights.
In his previous role as a senior principal scientist at Pfizer for over 13 years, he developed the core capabilities in macromolecular crystallography with emphasis on the application of structural information in the drug discovery process. Chris acquired a D. Phil in macromolecular crystallography and was also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford.
Chris has been an enthusiastic contributor and strong supporter of the Cambridge Pharmaceutical Consortium. The consortium has brought together pharmaceutical companies, the University of Cambridge, the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Chris believes that cryo-EM is going to be a core technique within structural biology and that it will have a huge impact on our understanding of molecular processes.