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Research interests

Research is concentrated in the areas of chemical biology, enzymology, enzyme kinetics, drug discovery and cancer research. Chemical Biology techniques are used to investigate enzymes as therapeutic targets, and the development of inhibitors as drugs.

Current research (with Dr Tim Woodman) is focussed on the enzyme alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR), a prostate cancer drug target. This enzyme is involved in the degradation of dietary and other branched-chain fatty acids. Studies have including investigations of the enzyme reaction mechanism using labelling studies and other techniques, development of activity assays, and drug development using rational design and high-throughput screening approaches. 

Other projects include targeting enzymes that use NAD+ as an electrophile (such as tankyrases) with rationally designed drugs (led by Professor Mike Threadgill) and novel systems for delivery of super-potent drugs (led by Professor Threadgill, with Dr Andy Thompson). Each of these projects uses Chemical Biology as part of a multi-disciplinary approach.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Bachelor of Science, The University of Leicester

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Projects 2001 2018

Research Output 1990 2018

6 Citations (Scopus)

Long-wavelength TCF-based fluorescence probes for the detection and intracellular imaging of biological thiols

Sedgwick, A. C., Gardiner, J. E., Kim, G., Yevglevskis, M., Lloyd, M. D., Jenkins, A. T. A., Bull, S. D., Yoon, J. & James, T. D., 2018, In : Chemical Communications. 54, 38, p. 4786-4789 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Drug therapy
Imaging techniques

Structure-activity relationships of rationally designed AMACR 1A inhibitors

Jevglevskis, M., Lee, G. L., Nathubhai, A., Petrova, Y., James, T., Threadgill, M., Woodman, T. & Lloyd, M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. 79, p. 145-154 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acyl Coenzyme A
Enzyme activity
Coenzyme A

A convenient colorimetric assay for α-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR; P504S) and testing of inhibitors

Jevglevskis, M., Lee, G. L., Nathubhai, A., James, T., Threadgill, M., Woodman, T. & Lloyd, M., 21 Apr 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Coenzyme A
Inhibitory Concentration 50
Acyl Coenzyme A
Prostatic Neoplasms
S 10
3 Citations (Scopus)

A novel colorimetric assay for α-methylacyl-CoA racemase 1A (AMACR; P504S) utilizing the elimination of 2,4-dinitrophenolate

Jevglevskis, M., Lee, G. L., Nathubhai, A., Petrova, Y., James, T., Threadgill, M., Woodman, T. & Lloyd, M., 7 May 2017, In : Chemical Communications. 53, 37, p. 5087-5090 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fatty acids
Fatty Acids
13 Citations (Scopus)

Highly potent and isoform-selective dual-site-binding tankyrase/Wnt signaling inhibitors that increase cellular glucose uptake and have anti-proliferative activity

Nathubhai, A., Haikarainen, T., Koivunen, J., Murthy, S., Koumanov, F., Lloyd, M., Holman, G., Pihlajaniemi, T., Tosh, D., Lehtio, L. & Threadgill, M., 26 Jan 2017, In : Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 60, 2, p. 814-820 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Inhibitory Concentration 50
Protein Isoforms
Binding Sites


Development of Selective Inhibitors of Dihydrofolate Reductase (DHFR) of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Author: Alfaraj, R., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Threadgill, M. (Supervisor), Lloyd, M. (Supervisor) & Thompson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


Feedback Regulation Mechanisms Controlling Occludin Expression And Tight Junction Function

Author: Ikem, T., 13 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Mrsny, R. (Supervisor) & Lloyd, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Targeting AMACR to Treat Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Author: Jevglevskis, M., 25 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Lloyd, M. (Supervisor) & Woodman, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD