I think it is appropriate for a first post to introduce myself and to set out what I am hoping to do with this blog. There are a lot of blogs out there and it is a valid question from a reader as to why they should read this one.
First up, my name is David Perrey and I am an English organic chemist living in the RTP area of North Carolina. I’ve been involved in various drug discovery projects over the years, starting with a graduate school thesis on HIV protease to contract research in a variety of fields with Scynexis. Since school, chemistry has been my favorite subject (even though I spelled it favourite back then!) and I love to think about the methods for building up molecular structures. That has progressed to thinking about how such structures can be built to fill the binding pocket of a receptor or an enzyme. I am also a fan, despite the intrinsic hazards and unsavory smells, of actual practical chemistry in the laboratory.
I had thought about writing a blog before. I like to write. I like words (I circulated a Word of the Day to some of my coworkers). But I never made the time to make myself write and as a result, I always had something “more important” to do. Well, I have a little more time on my hands right now, so I no longer have that excuse. It is even quiet in the house most of the day. So, here I am.
In this blog, I aim to put down my thoughts and musings, develop my own writing skills a little, hopefully entertain any passers by. We shall see how that goes.