Emily R. Derbyshire

Emily R. Derbyshire
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Amgen Faculty Mentor
CMB - Clinical/Other
Campus mail: 3218 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-1511

The Derbyshire Lab uses both chemical tools and biological methods to uncover novel aspects of malaria parasite biology with the ultimate aim of identifying druggable targets. Projects range from developing assays for phenotypic and target-based screens to exploring biological pathways and identifying small molecules with potential therapeutic value. Their interdisciplinary collaborative program integrates chemical biology, molecular biology and biochemistry to globally interrogate parasite biology.

Education and Training

  • Trinity College, B.S. 2002
  • University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. 2008
  • Harvard Medical School, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology


Chemical interrogation of the malaria kinome.

Malaria, an infectious disease caused by eukaryotic parasites of the genus Plasmodium, afflicts hundreds of millions of people every year. Both the parasite and its host utilize protein kinases to regulate essential cellular processes.