Synthetic Chemistry

Programme Leader Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry


Research Groups

Chemical Biology Group


Phone:+353 (01) 7005461
Fax:+353 (01) 700 5484

Academic Background

1998-2002: B.Sc. in Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

2002-2007: Ph.D. in Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Institute of Technology, Tallaght Dublin (ITTD).

2006-2011: Assistant lecturer of Chemistry at Dublin Institute of Technology.

2008-2011: Arnold F. Graves Research Fellow at the Focas Research Institute.

2011-onward: Lecturer of Inorganic Medicinal Chemistry at Dublin City University.

Principal Research Interests:

The study of metallodrug-nucleic acid interactions.

The development of copper oxidative chemical nucleases and the identification of oxidative DNA base lesions.

Development of ROS-active metallodrugs as novel chemotherapeutic anticancer drug leads.

Design of novel metallo-antimicrobial agents.

Selected Publications

Regulating Bioactivity of Cu2+ Bis-1,10-Phenanthroline Artificial Metallonucleases with Sterically Functionalised Pendant Carboxylates. Prisecaru A., Mckee V., Howe O., Rochford G., McCann M, Colleran J., Barron N., Pour M., Gathergood N. and Kellett A., Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2013, 56, 8599

Metal-Based Antimicrobial Protease Inhibitors. Kellett A., Prisecaru A., Slator C., Molphy Z., McCann M. 2013. Current Medicinal Chemistry 2013, 20, 25, 3134

A new phenanthroline-oxazine ligand: synthesis, coordination chemistry and atypical DNA binding interaction. McCann M., McGinley J., Ni K., O'Connor M., Kavanagh K., McKee V., Colleran J., Devereux M., Gathergood N., Barron N., Prisecaru A. and Kellett A. Chemical Communications 2013, 49, 2341

Potent oxidative DNA cleavage by the di-copper cytotoxin: [Cu2(terephthalate)(1,10-phen)4]2+. Prisecaru A., Devereux M., Barron N., McCann M., Colleran J., Casey A., McKee V. and Kellett A. Chemical Communications 2012, 48, 55, 6906

Radical Induced DNA Damage by Cytotoxic Square-Planar Copper(II) Complexes Incorporating o-Phthalate and 1,10-Phenanthroline or 2,2'-Dipyridyl. Kellett A., Howe O., OConnor M., McCann M., Creaven B., McClean S., Foltyn-Arfa Kia A., Casey A. and Devereux M. Free Radical Biology And Medicine 2012, 53, 3, 564.


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