Professor David Craik is a structural biologist who travels the world discovering new molecules in plants and animals. His area of expertise is peptides (mini-proteins). He is looking for peptides that could be effective treatments for a range of diseases or have useful applications as environmentally friendly agri-chemicals. He particularly likes to discover something in nature and then use molecular design to improve on it.

Professor Craik is best known for discovering a family of peptides with a unique circular structure, which he aptly named cyclotides. Cyclotides are super stable, which makes them desirable as drug leads. By re-engineering the structure of other peptides to mimic cyclotides, he is making potent and specific peptides orally active – creating the perfect drug. He is known internationally as the founder of this field of research. 

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