Anna Hirsch


PhD Student


HCI G-312


+41-44-632 2998


Anna Hirsch



Study of chemistry at the University of Cambridge


Exchange year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Masterís project with with Prof. S. Ley at the University of Cambridge

since 2004:

PhD with Prof. F. Diederich at ETH Zurich

Structure-based design and synthesis of a potential antimalarial, herbicide or remedy against tuberculosis

Anopheles mosquito, the insect vector transmitting malaria.
Picture: Center of disease control and prevention, Atlanta, USA.

Malaria still constitutes a major problem due to high death rates and the increased resistancy of the parasite against the existing drugs. As it is primarily a disease of the developing world, there is a big requirement for novel and cheap antimalarials. This project aims to design and synthesize lead compounds for the future development into an antimalarial or herbicid using the program MOLOC, developed by Hoffmann-La Roche.


A. Hirsch, F. Fischer, F. Diederich, Angew. Chem. 2006, in press, Phosphate Recognition in Structural Biology.

Last update: Oct. 2006