After completing her MPharm degree at the University of Nottingham in 2008, Abigail L. Emtage undertook her pre-registration training in the hospital pharmacy sector at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Shortly after qualifying as a pharmacist, she returned to the University of Nottingham to commence her PhD, which was funded by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (formerly the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Academic Excellence Award programme). In 2014, Dr Emtage graduated with her doctorate, and was appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
Dr Emtage's research interests are in the field of medicinal chemistry and structural biology, with an emphasis on computational modelling and drug design. Her current research seeks to further explore the molecular dynamics and ligand binding capabilities of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs); the beta-adrenergic receptors and cannabinoid receptors in particular.
As well as engaging in research, Dr Emtage takes an active interest in pharmacy and pharmacy education; she took on the role of MPharm 2+2 Programme Director in 2017, and contributes to a variety of teaching over multiple degree programmes and modules (core subjects include, but are not limited to, medicinal chemistry, biology, and pharmacy practice). Dr Emtage maintains her professional registration as a pharmacist in the UK, occasionally undertaking external work in the community pharmacy sector outside of term time.
Dr Emtage contributes to both the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and BSc Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences (PHS) degrees in the areas of medicinal chemistry, biology, and pharmacy practice. Both… read more
YAU, MEI QIAN, EMTAGE, ABIGAIL L., CHAN, NATHANIEL J. Y., DOUGHTY, STEPHEN W. and LOO, JASON S. E., 2019. Evaluating the performance of MM/PBSA for binding affinity prediction using class A GPCR crystal structures Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design. 33(5), 487-496
LOO, JASON S. E., EMTAGE, ABIGAIL L., MURALI, LAHARI, LEE, SZE SIEW, KUEH, ALVINA L. W. and ALEXANDER, STEPHEN P. H., 2019. Ligand discrimination during virtual screening of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor crystal structures following cross- docking and microsecond molecular dynamics simulations RSC ADVANCES. 9(28), 15949-15956
LOO, JASON S. E., EMTAGE, ABIGAIL L., NG, KAR WENG, YONG, ALENE S. J. and DOUGHTY, STEPHEN W., 2018. Assessing GPCR homology models constructed from templates of various transmembrane sequence identities: Binding mode prediction and docking enrichment Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling. 80, 38-47
EMTAGE, AL, MISTRY, SN, FISCHER, PM, KELLAM, B and LAUGHTON, CA, 2017. GPCRs through the keyhole: the role of protein flexibility in ligand binding to β-adrenoceptors Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. 35(12), 2604-2619
Dr Emtage contributes to both the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and BSc Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences (PHS) degrees in the areas of medicinal chemistry, biology, and pharmacy practice. Both degrees involve a wide range of teaching and assessment styles: teaching is delivered via lectures, workshops, practical classes and case studies; assessments, both formative and summative, often take the form of essay style exam questions, multiple choice exam questions, coursework assignments, laboratory reports, or OSCEs. As the MPharm 2+2 Programme Director Dr Emtage also sits on the School's Teaching and Learning Committee and Chairs the student Learning Community Forum.
Convenor for the following module:
- Dyspepsia (MPharm, 30 credits)
Contributor within the following modules:
- Essential Skills for Pharmacists (MPharm, 40 credits)
- Being a Pharmacist (MPharm, 20 credits)
- Dyspepsia (MPharm, 30 credits)
- Bacterial and Fungal Infections (MPharm, 30 credits)
- Professional Competencies 1 (MPharm, 0 credits, compulsory full-year module)
- Cardiovascular (MPharm, 20 credits)
- Pain (MPharm, 20 credits)
- Sexual Health and Pregnancy (MPharm, 20 credits)
- Professional Competencies 2 (MPharm, 0 credits, compulsory full-year module)
- Research Project Malaysia (MPharm, 60 credits)
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology (BSc PHS, 10 credits)
- Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design (BSc PHS, 10 credits)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Project (BSc PHS, 60 credits)
All lectures are captured via Echo360 and made available to students through Moodle, a virtual learning environment.