One year position from October or November 2019

Post-doctoral in coordination chemistry at the interface with biology


Project AIM +: Anticancer Iron Made+ AIM+ is a multidisplinary project at the interface between chemistry and biology. The aim is to develop a novel type of DNA hypomethylating agents able to bind DNA and to chemically induce its direct demethylation. Based on preliminary results showing a decrease in the 5‐methylcytosine level as well as a strong reduction of cell proliferation, our project aims to achieve the comprehension, at the molecular level, of its action mode. Our final goal is to develop an entire novel class of epigenetic drugs and harness their ability to control cell proliferation for therapeutic purposes. For this, AIM+ project will enhance, via proper chemical modifications, the demethylating activity and the selectivity of the proposed system. AIM+ is based on a multidisciplinary consortium gathering synthesis, molecular modelling and biology. The aim of the postdoctoral fellowship is to synthesise and characterize a range of new hypomethylating agents based on the preliminary results obtained by the consortium.

Dr Philippe C. Gros (L2CM, UMR 7053) - Contacter
L2CM - Laboratoire Lorraine de Chimie Moléculaire à Nancy
Université de Lorraine

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PhD position: Photoactive Iron Complexes: Design and Application to Solar Energy


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PhD project: Study and development of polar organometallic tools: towards the preparation and selective functionalization of heterocycles


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