Dr Elena Bichenkova PhD, BSc


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Dr Elena Bichenkova is a Reader in Medicinal Chemistry.  Having graduated in Chemistry (BSc - 1983) with a PhD in NMR structural studies of nucleic acids (1993, Novosibirsk, Russia), she continued her research in conformational analysis of biomolecules in the USA at Purdue University (1992, 1994) and then at the University of Texas (1996) collaborating with the first-rank NMR laboratory of Prof. David G. Gorenstein.  After being awarded a prestigious Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1996, she joined the University of Manchester, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as a Research Fellow.  In January 2004 Elena was appointed by the School as a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer (2009) and then to Reader (2013).


  • 1993 - PhD - Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1983 - M.Sc. equivalent - Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1981 - BSc - Novosibirsk State University, Russia

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1993 - Doctor of Science, Structural study of oligonucleotide duplexes and their analogues by 2D NMR spectroscopy and molecular modelling’., Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
  • 1983 - Master of Biological Science, ‘Investigation of the photoaffinity labelling of Escherichia coli ribosomes.’, Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
  • 1981 - Bachelor of Science, Department of Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), Specialisation: Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University

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