Edgar Deu: Biography

Edgar was born in Andorra, a small independent country nested in the middle of the Pyrenees Mountains. Edgar obtained his BSc degree at the Institut Químic de Sarrià (Barcelona) from where he graduated with a double major in organic chemistry and chemical engineering in 2001. He then joined Professor Kirsch's lab at UC Berkeley (California) where he pursued a PhD in comparative biochemistry. His graduate studies focused on the structural characterisation of oligomeric enzymes' stability and substrate specificity.

In 2007, Edgar joined Professor Bogyo's lab at Stanford University (California) where he combined his knowledge of organic chemistry and enzymology to develop small molecule inhibitors and activity-based probes to identify essential proteases in the malaria parasite. Edgar was recently awarded the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society to continue his studies at the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (now part of the Francis Crick Institute). His current research combines chemical biology, proteomic and molecular biology approaches to study the molecular functions of proteases in parasite development.