Dr Anbu Sellamuthu Kooduthurai

Dr Anbu Sellamuthu Kooduthurai

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD


Sellamuthu Anbu received a PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2010 from the University of Madras, India. After spending a semester working as a lecturer in the National Institute of Technology-Calicut, India, he joined the supramolecular chemistry research group of Prof. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee at the Indian Institute of Science in 2011 as a UGC-Kothari postdoctoral fellow. In 2012, he joined as an FCT-Postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Armando J. L. Pombeiro at the Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal, and involved in developing fluorescent sensors. In 2015, he was awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship by European Commission to continue his pioneering bioinorganic research at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2018, he joined as a visiting researcher to the 'Molecular Imaging Chemistry' group led by Dr Graeme J. Stasiuk, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, UK, and developing anion responsive magnetic resonance contrast agents with the support of the Royal Society of Chemistry research grant fund award. He published 32 papers in high quality peer-reviewed international journals (1225–google citations, 'h' index–21). He contributed to more than 40-national/international conferences. Currently, he is doing his postdoc research with Dr Andrew Boa group at the University of Hull and involving in the isolation/purification/syntheses of fatty acid derivatives for biomedical (Alzheimer's disease therapeutic) applications.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A single pot template reaction towards a manganese based T1 contrast agent

Anbu, S., Hoffmann, S. H. L., Carniato, F., Kenning, L., Price, T. W., Prior, T. J., …Stasiuk, G. J. (in press). A single pot template reaction towards a manganese based T1 contrast agent. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202100885

Research interests

• Biomedical imaging including MRI, PET imaging probes

• Phosphate (Pyrophosphate/ATP) resposive Mn(II)-based MRI contrast agents

• Anion sensors design and development

• Transition metal chelates for catalytic and biomedical applications

• Organic and inorganic synthesis

• Fatty acid metabolites for biomedical applications

Awards and prizes

Outstanding Reviewer Award from Elsevier Journals


I am one of the invited reviewers for more than ten high-impact journals in the bioinorganic chemistry field and have received “Outstanding Reviewer” recognition from Elsevier journals in 2018.

Young Achiever Award-2018

2017 - 2018

In recognition of my scientific contributions to Chemistry & Biomedical Sciences in general, to promote science among rural (village-based) colleges and my initiatives towards teaching science through Tamil (my mother tongue) and being a role model for students from the roots of the nation (villages). The Indian Science and Technology Association and Ilavelil, Chennai, India.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

The Royal Society of Chemistry Research Grant fund Award

2019 - 2021

One of my research proposal on ‘ATP-responsive Mn(II)-based MRI contrast agents’. has been selected for this prestigious RSC research grant.

HORIZON2020-Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Researcher

2015 - 2017

Involving design and synthesis of 'de novo coiled-coil metallopeptides' for biomedical applications. Assisting/mentoring to the master's students, support to the supervisor in project management, including maintaining a positive safety culture in the lab, equipment maintenance and placing orders of materials (through UOB-Proactis). (Note: I have equally contributed in MSC-IF proposal making with Dr Anna Peacock (host), and we achieved this highly competitive and prestigious fellowship)


RSC-Newton Bhabha Fund | British Council, travel award


I have been selected among 13 bioinorganic researchers throughout the UK for this travel fund to attend the workshop on 'Metal-Disease-Therapy' held at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, conducted by RSC-Newton Bhabha Fund/British Council.

STEM Ambassador-West midland Hub, UK


Scholarship role

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

2020 - 2021

Involving in the Isolation, purification and carbon chain elongation of ?-3/6 plant oils-based fatty acids/esters for biomedical (anti-inflammatory effects in the central nervous system) applications at the Dr Andrew Boa group, Depts. Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Hull, UK .

FCT-Postdoc Researcher

2012 - 2015

Researching in the field of bioinorganic chemistry (Design and synthesis of chemosensors, metal-chelates for enzyme-like catalysis and biomedical applications) and providing assistance and research supervision to the international masters' students. (Note: I have achieved this highly competitive fellowship by my own proposal with the support of the host (Prof. A. J. L. Pombeiro, Centro De Quimica Estructural, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal)).

Dr D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Researcher

2011 - 2012

Conducting research in the field of supramolecular/bioinorganic chemistry and assisting/supervising the master's students for their dissertation. (Note: I have won this nationally competitive and prestigious fellowship by my own proposal with the support of host (Prof. P. S. Mukherjee, Dept. of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)).

Govt. of India-CSIR–Senior Research Fellow

2008 - 2010