A fascination for chemistry, marine biology and zoology led Professor Richard Lewis to become expert in analyzing and characterizing venoms. He is best known for using mass spectroscopy and novel bioassays to characterise conotoxins, which are small venom peptides from predatory marine snails, and using molecular pharmacology to enhance molecules for drug development.

The focus of Professor Lewis’s research is discovering and developing new treatments for chronic pain. Several conotoxins discovered by his research team have been taken into the clinic, including Xen2174 for severe pain.

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Venoms to drugs