Andrea Brancale is a professor of medicinal chemistry at Cardiff University. He undertook his PhD and postdoctoral work in synthetic medicinal chemistry under Professor Chris McGuigan, focusing on the design and synthesis of novel nucleosides and nucleotides analogues as antiviral drugs. With his appointment as lecturer in the WSP he strategically directed his research interests to focus on the use of computer-aided techniques to design and discover novel anti-viral and anti-cancer compounds. He was promoted to Professor in 2017, and he continues to establish his reputation as an internationally recognised drug design expert in the antiviral and anticancer field. He is author of more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and actively collaborates with several academic groups in the UK and the rest of the world. He is a member of the ISAR Board of Directors and he received the William Prusoff Young Investigator Award in 2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Antiviral Chemistry and Chemotherapy.