Meet the Scientists
Professor Gerry Potter
Gerry Potter, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at DeMontfort Leicester School of Pharmacy. Gerry has been fascinated by chemistry ever since he was a small boy. He completed his first degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He went on to do his Ph.D. at the Chester Beattie laboratories within the Institute of Cancer Research, which at that time was at the Royal Marsden hospital in London, and subsequently relocated to Sutton. Gerry was coached by, at that time, probably the top experts in cancer research.
After finishing his Ph.D., Gerry continued to work as a post-doctoral research scientist at the Institute before joining Professor Dan Burke at De Montfort University in Leicester.
Professor Dan Burke
Dan Burke, Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutical Metabolism, is Head of Research for Salvestrol Natural Products Ltd., in Syston, Leicester, LE7 1GQ, UK. With a First Class Honours BSc degree in Biochemistry from London University, a PhD in Drug Metabolism from the University of Surrey, an international university career spanning thirty five years and over 200 published research articles to his name, Professor Burke is an expert on the metabolism, toxicity and interactions of drugs, environmental chemicals and natural compounds. His specialism is the Cytochrome P450 or CYP enzyme system, which he has researched in species as diverse as humans and citrus fruits. Cancer – its causation, detection, prevention and treatment - has formed a consistent thread throughout his research and teaching, which includes nearly twenty years on the science faculty of Aberdeen University medical school.
In the 1970’s Professor Burke invented a set of biochemical tests that are used worldwide in the biomonitoring of environmental pollution and by the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery and development (the EROD Assays). In the 1990’s he and his research group discovered that cancer cells contain a unique enzyme, CYP1B1, which is now a worldwide focus of research into new methods of cancer detection, prevention and treatment.