Professor Babur Chowdhry

Professor Babur Chowdhry BSc Hons, PhD

Professor Babur Chowdhry

Professor Babur Z Chowdhry
BSc Hons, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry

Department of Life & Sports Sciences

Faculty of Engineering & Science

Professor Babur Chowdhry obtained a BSc Hons Chemistry/Biochemistry in 1976 from Chelsea College (London University), followed by a PhD Biophysical Chemistry at the same institution in 1980. From 1980–84 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, Yale University, USA.

His post-doctoral work centred on experimental thermodynamics using, among other techniques, high sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry. Much of the work involved detailed calorimetric studies in the burgeoning areas of liposome phase transitions and protein denaturation.

Professor Chowdhry joined the School of Sciences at the University of Greenwich in 1985 as a lecturer in chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology and was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Biochemistry in 1993.

Professor Babur Chowdhry represents the School of Science on the Research Degrees Committee (RDC) of the University of Greenwich, and is deputy co-chair of the RDC.

Professor Chowdhry teaches on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate participation

  • Analytical and Advanced Protein Biochemistry (course leader)
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Metabolism and Disease
  • Bioanalytical Techniques
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Drug Design and Delivery
  • Immunology
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Research Project
  • Biological Science

Postgraduate participation

  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Science

MPhil/PhD supervision

  • Zakieh Al Kurdi

Refereeing for Journals

Reviewer for scientific journals ( Langmuir; J. Phys. Chem., Thermochimica Acta., J. Pharm. Sci., Biochem. J., J. Raman Spectrosc., Chem. Phys., PCCP, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry)

Organization of International/National Scientific Conferences

  1. International Thermodynamics Conference :"Biocalorimetry": St Annes College, Oxford University (September 10-12, 1996); 210 delegates.
    Co-organized by Prof. J. E. Ladbury and Microcal Ltd
    Plenary lecture: "High Sensitivity Differential Scanning Calorimetry Studies of Biopolymeric Systems"
    Additional output: a monograph of review lectures (refer to edited monographs: "Publications").
  2. Calorimetry Conference: August 12-17, 1998 (Asilomar, California, USA): "Calorimetry of Biomolecules".
  3. International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) co-organizer (with Prof. R. Withnall): August 21-26, 2008. This is the premier Raman conference in the world, held bi-annually, and attracted 651 delegates from around the globe (51 countries).
    Additional output: a monograph (refer to edited monographs: "Publications").

Affiliation to national bodies

  • EPSRC College Member (1998-2013)
  • Chemistry Board
  • Chemistry/Biology Interface Board
  • Panel member (2008): UK Universities Equipment Board (EPSRC)
  • Panel member (2008): UK Universities Central Facilities Board (EPSRC)
  • Board Member: North American Calorimetry Conference: 1996-1999.

Research collaborations and consultancy

Professor Chowdhry welcomes:

  • Scientific collaborations, particularly in the areas of spectroscopy and thermal analysis, from both a blue skies (knowledge base) point of view and an applied (industrial) perspective. Possible research collaborations in areas such as medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and a general analytical chemistry/ biochemistry perspective are also of significant scientific interest.
  • Consultancy in the broad areas/themes of scientific research. Interested individuals/organizations are encouraged to view the wide range of expertise, wet and instrumental analysis methods/techniques available in the School of Science.
  • Key research activities can be viewed here [pdf download]

Research activities

  • Experimental and theoretical studies of drugs/organic molecules using spectroscopic techniques: X-ray crystallography, XRPD, NMR, CD, FT-IR, and Raman spectroscopy including SERS/SERRS.
  • Experimental and theoretical thermodynamic studies-using calorimetric techniques - of e.g. drugs, biopolymers [proteins; nucleic acids, lipid systems (liposomes), biopolymer-drug interactions nanoparticles (microgels) and organic synthetic polymers.

Synopsis of scientific activities

  • Publications in refereed journals: 180
  • Co-Editor: 4 monographs
  • Postdoctoral students supervised: 5
  • PhD students supervised: 27
  • MSc research projects supervised: 51
  • MRes students: 8.

Current postgraduate research students

  • 1 Masters
  • 6 PhD
  • 2 Postdoctoral Researchers.

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, , , , , , , , and () . Molecular Pharmaceutics. American Chemical Society. pp. 125-133. ISSN 1543-8384 ISSN 1543-8384

, , , and () . International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. Elsevier. pp. 137-150. ISSN 0141-8130 ISSN 0141-8130

, , , , , , , and () . European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. Elsevier. pp. 106-116. ISSN 0939-6411 ISSN 0939-6411

, , , , , and () . International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Elsevier. pp. 161-171. ISSN 0378-5173 ISSN 0378-5173

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, , , and () . Marine Drugs. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). pp. 1765-1784. ISSN 1660-3397 ISSN 1660-3397

, , , , and () . Maternal & Child Nutrition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. pp. 202-214. ISSN 1740-8695 ISSN 1740-8695

, , , , and () . International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Elsevier B.V.. pp. 593-602. ISSN 0378-5173 ISSN 0378-5173

, , , , and () . Protein and Peptide Letters. Bentham Science Publishers B.V.. pp. 489-496. ISSN 0929-8665 ISSN 0929-8665

, , , , , , and () . Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. pp. 1819-1828. ISSN 0022-3549 ISSN 0022-3549

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, , , and () . Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. pp. 2399-2410. ISSN 0951-4198 ISSN 0951-4198

, , , and () . Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. Taylor & Francis. pp. 145-156. ISSN 0363-9045 ISSN 0363-9045

, , and () . Thermochimica Acta. Elsevier. pp. 27-33. ISSN 0040-6031 ISSN 0040-6031

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, , and () . Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. Elsevier B.V.. pp. 99-106. ISSN 0927-7765 ISSN 0927-7765

, , and () . Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. Informa Plc. pp. 1207-1220. ISSN 0363-9045 ISSN 0363-9045

, , , and () . Food Chemistry. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 2743-2749. ISSN 0308-8146 ISSN 0308-8146

, , , and () . Food Chemistry. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 2796-2801. ISSN 0308-8146 ISSN 0308-8146

, , , , and () . Maternal & Child Nutrition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. pp. 202-214. ISSN 1740-8695 ISSN 1740-8695

, , , and () . Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 58-64. ISSN 1474-7065 ISSN 1474-7065

, , and () . Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology. Scientific Research. pp. 582-595. ISSN 2158-7027 ISSN 2158-7027

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, , , and () . International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Elsevier. pp. 18-26. ISSN 0378-5173 (online) ISSN 0378-5173 (online)

, , , , and () . Food Chemistry. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 123-128. ISSN 0308-8146 ISSN 0308-8146

, , , and () . Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy. Elsevier B.V.. pp. 918-925. ISSN 1386-1425 ISSN 1386-1425

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, , , , , , , and () . Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology. Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 623-633. ISSN 0193-2691 ISSN 0193-2691

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