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UCLan student receives global applause

01 May 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Andrew’s chemistry research published by prestigious journal

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) chemistry student has received international recognition after his research work was published in a prestigious European journal.

Andrew Tyler has conducted research into developing antifungal smart bandages to prevent fungal infections in open wounds.

The 21-year-old’s work will now be seen by chemists around the world after it was accepted to appear in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. The journal is distributed globally and is read by medicinal chemists, pharmacologists, pharmacists, biochemists and physicians.

The third year undergraduate’s work was peer reviewed to make sure it is good enough to appear in the journal and will feature alongside that of experienced chemists whose research is already recognised on a global scale.

“The amount of work that you have to put in is huge but with the correct direction and dedication shown to me by my supervisors and family, I have been able to truly seize this opportunity to conduct undergraduate research.”

Andrew commented: “I am incredibly proud and humbled that my work has been accepted by the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

“The amount of work that you have to put in is huge but with the correct direction and dedication shown to me by my supervisors and family, I have been able to truly seize this opportunity to conduct undergraduate research. To have it published at an international level has far surpassed my expectations.”

Andrew is no stranger to international praise and has already presented his research alongside another UCLan student at the International Congress of Young Chemists in Gdansk, Poland, which provides the opportunity for young, skilled and ambitious scientists to present to an international audience.

“UCLan is very keen to encourage and nurture undergraduate level research and the projects from the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme have been of a consistently high standard since it began three years ago.”

Last year Andrew was also named as the winner of the annual UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme. The high-flyer’s work was selected from 60 research projects undertaken by student interns as part of a scheme that allows students from 14 Schools at the University to spend ten weeks working with academics in a variety of subject areas.

UCLan Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Dr Rob Smith commented: “Andrew has worked extremely hard for his work to receive this global praise and its publication in such a prestigious journal clearly shows the quality of the research he is conducting.

“UCLan is very keen to encourage and nurture undergraduate level research and the projects from the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme have been of a consistently high standard since it began three years ago. These are real research projects which are building up the students’ knowledge and discipline skills.”