Alumni - 2010 Cohort
Ryan Beattie (PhD)
Ryan graduated from Manchester University, where he investigated the synthesis of natural products and gained industrial experience at Pfizer. After completing his PhD on versatile approaches to the synthesis of deoxy sugars and their analogues, Ryan trainded as a high school. He is currently working as a Science teacher specialising in Chemistry and working with secondary school kids.
Paul Cogswell (PhD)
Paul graduated at Durham University and spent his final year working on platinum-bismuth compounds under the supervision of Prof. Braunschweig in Wuerzburg, Germany. He completed his PhD on iron-mediated cross coupling reactions and is currently an Assistant Technology Transfer Manager at Isis Innovation in Oxford.
Stephen Cooper (PhD)
Steve is a Bristol graduate who worked on the synthesis of new supramolecular carbohydrate receptors for his final year project, for which he was awarded the Lilly Prize. His PhD research was on palladium catalysed CH activation and its applications in total synthesis. After graduating he decided to become a science teacher in an effort to inspire the next generation of STEM researchers.
Sophie Edwards (PhD)
Sophie graduated from Cardiff University, where she investigated the acid-catalysed cyclisation of unsaturated sulfonamides. Sophie completed her PhD project on the development of novel anion receptors and transporters for potential medical applications. After graduation she trained as an accountant and is now working as an Audit Associate at Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Katie Maskill (PhD)
Katie graduated from York and spent a year in AstraZeneca during her undergraduate studies. Her PhD project was on a novel photochemical cycloaddition rearrangement sequence and the application of the reaction to a natural product synthesis. Her work was published in Angewandte and was selected as a VIP article, as well as appearing on the front cover. Katie is currently working for AstraZeneca as a Senior Scientist in Process Chemistry.
Johnathan Matlock (PhD)
Johnathan graduated from York and completed his final year project while on industrial placement at F.Hoffmann La-Roche, Basel, Switzerland. His PhD project was in the area of sulfonium salt chemistry. He published a paper in Chemistry - A European Journal and won first prize in the Syngenta Poster Competition (Bristol, 2013). After graduating he worked as Research Assistant in the Aggarwal group and is currently working for Prof. Jonathan Clayden.
Dominic Pye (PhD)
Dominic is a Manchester graduate and his final year project investigated the application of olefin metathesis reactions to carbohydrate chemistry. He completed his PhD project on iron-catalysed cross coupling and currently works for Prof. Neal Mankad at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Nicholas Race (PhD)
Nick is an Oxford graduate whose final year project explored a cross-metathesis based approach to pyrroles for which he won the final year thesis prize. His PhD project was on palladium-catalysed cyclisations of oxime esters. In 2013, he was awarded a prestigious SCI Scholarship and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Sigman group in Utah, USA.
Charles Renney (PhD)
A Bristol graduate, Charley worked on the synthesis of novel antibiotic inhibitors and spent a year at GSK. His final PhD project was on the development of carbohydrate receptors and Charley is now a trainee patent attorney.
Megan Shaw (PhD)
Megan graduated from Sheffield University, where she worked on the development of an enantio-divergent route to chiral amines. She spent her placement year at GSK working as a medicinal chemist within the Neurosciences CEDDon. Megan's PhD project was on carbonylative ring expansions of aminocyclopropanes. She is currently working in the MacMillan group in Princeton, USA.
Phillip Unsworth (PhD)
Phil graduated from Oxford, where he studied the structural determination of a reported natural product by total synthesis. His completed his PhD project on molecular assembly line synthesis using lithiation-borylation and is now a research assistant working for Prof. Cathleen Crudden in Kingston, Ontario.
Nina Ursinyova (PhD)
Nina is a Bristol graduate who investigated the asymmetric synthesis of styrene oxide using cobalt salen complexes during her final year. Nina gained industrial experience at TauChem in Slovakia where she spent 6 months as a synthetic chemist. She completed her PhD project on the synthesis and reactivity of cyclic sulfamidates and is now working as a Senior Scientist in Discovery Chemistry at Evotec.