More than just “stinks” using chemical tools to unlock biology

Inaugural Lecture

30 October 2012

Aston University launches its new public lecture series – Aston Inaugurals, to celebrate the work of its newly appointed professors.

The Aston Inaugurals will showcase the research of four professors across a diverse range of topics throughout the academic year 2012/13.  The first of a series of four lectures will be given by Professor Andrew Pitt from the School of Life and Health Sciences on Thursday 29 November 2012.

Professor Andrew Pitt has a strong background in interdisciplinary research, exploiting the interfaces between chemistry, biology, engineering and medicine.

The lecture will explore the ways that the study of chemistry has developed overtime, to include other specialities such as maths, computer science and engineering. Andrew’s research interests include generating new technologies and techniques for studying biological systems from cells to living organisms, to understand how dysfunctions lead to disease and how they can be treated. His recent studies include creating a ‘molecular nose’. This involved using chemistry, physics and biology to build a multiplexed sensor capable of recreating how cells behave and interact within the body.

Professor Andrew Pitt, School of Life and Health Sciences said; “As we dig deeper into how biology works, we find ever-more complicated and interlinked systems and become more aware of the difficulties in selective interventions.  My lecture will explore the impact of Chemistry on the way in which we study biology; it’s come a long way from “the study of stinks”. 

Andrew has held a number of high profile positions including being the Scientific Director of the Radical Solutions for Researching (RASOR) consortium and Director of the Sir Henry Wellcome Functional Genomics Facility and the Doctoral Training Centre in Proteomic Technologies.

All of the Aston Inaugurals will start at 6.00pm and will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building on Aston University campus which is just a short walk from the Centre of Birmingham.

The lectures are open to the general public and there is no entry charge. There will be a drinks reception after each lecture.


To book a seat, contact events or for further information please contact Emma Sutton, Marketing and Events Co-ordinator on 0121 204 4542.

To download a poster for the event, click here.