Prof. Grant Churchill
University of Oxford
Founding Scientist

Professor Grant Churchill is a Scientific Founder and Consultant for IntraBio Inc. Professor Churchill is Tutorial Fellow in Medicine at the University of Oxford (New College) and Professor in Chemical Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology. His main research has been guided by the unifying concept that small molecules can be designed and synthesized to probe biological functions. Inspired by his research on chemical structure-activity relationships for the plant hormone abscisic acid, Professor Churchill has developed this concept over his career through chemical synthesis, and in silico and physical screening to make and identify chemical tools such as Ned-19, which continues to open new possibilities for the treatment of numerous diseases. More recently, he has used drug repurposing to identify the shelved drug ebselen as a lithium-mimetic, which is now entering Phase 2 efficacy trials for bipolar disorder.

Professor Churchill obtained a BS in Agriculture and MSc in Crop Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Thereafter, he became a Postdoc at the University of Oxford. Professor Churchill has authored nearly 100 articles and nine book chapters, and has held numerous positions at the University of Oxford including the Todd-Bird Junior Research Fellow in Medicine at New College, Tutor in Pharmacology and Endocrinology at Trinity College, and Senior Research Fellow at New College.

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