School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Ashton

Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry


Dr Mark Ashton is a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and member of the Translational and Clinical Research Institute in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.


Following a career in the pharmaceutical industry (Mark has experience of both medicinal chemistry and process chemistry), Mark joined the School of Pharmacy at Sunderland University as a Senior Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry. In 2017 he moved to join the new School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University; his roles include member of School’s Executive Board, Stage 1 Lead, Admissions Tutor and Outreach Lead.


His research interests are in the area of antiviral drug development and he currently has collaborations with research groups in China, India and the UK.


Areas of Expertise


Medicinal Chemistry


Organic Chemistry


Heterocyclic Chemistry


Professional Affiliations


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate Teaching:

Stage 1 Lead

Fundamentals of Pharmacy: the integration of Science and Practice



Stage 2 - Pharmaceutical Care: Pathology, Patients and Professionalism

Stage 3 - Applied Pharmaceutical Interventions: Design, Delivery and Decisions

Stage 4 - Research Project

               Targeted Therapeutics: Optimisation, Critique and Responsibility