Dr Juma'a Al-Dulayymi
Senior Research Fellow & Lab Support
telephone: 01248 388121
Summary of my research interests:
The bulk of my research output has been involved with synthetic organic chemistry and specifically with the preparation of mycolic acid derivatives, which are found as complex mixtures in the cell walls of bacteria, most notably the TB causing Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As a result of overseeing the first total synthesis of each of the major classes of these mycolic acids, I have been involved in multiple collaborations seeking to exploit these compounds in diagnostic tests or as adjuvants. This work has led to multiple publications and several patents. I have also been involved in the development of efficient routes to the synthesis of cyclopropenes, including cyclopropene fatty acids, which has led to collaborations with research groups investigating their biological activity. I am also involved in the extraction of bioactive components from plants with two current ongoing projects in the area, one as part of the Beacon+ project.
I have been a partner in 6 international collaborations related to the application of molecules we have made in Bangor to the development of new vaccines for treatment of tuberculosis and asthma (Belgium (2), Croatia, Germany, South Korea and South Africa), and in the UK (Southampton, Animal and Public Health Authority).