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Department of Chemistry


Image courtesy Melinda Duer

Professor Melinda Duer has been featured in Issue 76 of CAM, the Cambridge alumni magazine.

Melinda’s research into the atomic structures of musculoskeletal tissues such as bone and cartilage, and vascular tissue is aimed at understanding both the physiological and pathological processes involved in the development of collagenous tissues, bone mineralization, and the changes in tissues associated with ageing and diseases such as cancer. 

Melinda is a pioneer of combining techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and computer modelling and imaging to investigate tissues at the molecular level.  

Melinda’s research has many strands, which include investigating the causes vascular and kidney calcification, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.  She is also involved in a three-year study funded by the Medical Research Foundation on the destructive effect of sugar on cells at the molecular level.