School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Jonathan Harburn

Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry


Jonathan Harburn is a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and the Institute of Cellular Medicine.

He gained his PhD in the field of Medicinal Chemistry from Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Brian Marples, a MRC AIDS Directed Programme Studentship focussing on the synthesis of novel HIV-1 protease inhibitors. Jonathan was awarded a NIH Post-Doctoral Research Assistantship and moved to University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to work with Professor Chris Spilling developing metal catalysed biaryl ether coupling methodology towards the synthesis and biological evaluation of cytotoxic natural products and analogues at National Cancer Institute.

After accepting an Assistant Professor position at UMSL he then went on to work at Stereotaxis, Inc. as Senior Medical Research Scientist collaborating with Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. He led a multidisciplinary team developing nanomagnetic x-ray visible medical platforms for use as interventional neuroradiological treatment of intracranial aneurysm. On return to UK in 2004 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Sunderland before joining Durham University in 2012 and helped establish the new Division of Pharmacy within the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. In August 2017 the School was transferred to Newcastle University resulting in the creation of the School of Pharmacy.