Centre for Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Designing and discovering new treatments

We discover medicines to treat the world’s deadliest diseases, including heart attack, stroke, respiratory diseases and cancer, and to relieve inflammation and pain.  We discover animal medicines, and eco-friendly insecticides to protect crops. 

We discover medicines using clues from Australian plants, animals, and microbes in soil. We study structures and actions of proteins that are our drug targets, improving our understanding of disease mechanisms and drug action. We create new technologies to grow medicines in plants and algae.

Our Centre has translated research into drugs in clinical trials, and insecticides and animal control baits on the market.


Professor David Fairlie

Professor David Fairlie

Director, Centre for Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Contact the Centre

  +61 7 334 62989


  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Proteomics
  • Protein structure and function
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Drug targets 
  • Natural products
  • Synthetic compounds
  • in silico compounds
  • Signaling pathways and mechanisms
  • Genomic/proteomic analyses
  • Structure-based drug design

Disease focus

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Chronic pain

Research Groups

General enquiries

  +61 7 3346 2222

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