Emma Blackham (MSci, PhD)
Graduated from Nottingham Emma's PhD project studied palladium catalysed annulation reactions of tricyclic vinyl aziridines. Her work produced a paper published in Chemical Science, which is available from our Publications page. After graduating, Emma joined Sygnature Discovery, a leading centre for integrated drug discovery in Nottingham.
Charlotte Boott (MChem, PhD)
A York graduate, Charlotte's PhD project was based on inorganic stereoregular polymers. She published 10 papers in national and international journals, including Science, Nature, JACS and Angewandte. Following her PhD, Charlotte wished to continue in academia and at the time of writing had recently applied for a Banting Fellowship to work with Prof. MacLachlan at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada
Kelly Butterfield (MChem, PhD)
Graduated from the University of Bath, Kelly's PhD project investigated the building of controlled dendrimers.
Craig Buxton (MSci)
Graduated from University of Bristol in 2012. Under the supervision of Dr. John Bower, he completed a final year project on palladium catalysed cyclisation of oxime esters, applying Narasaka-Heck conditions to the formation of indoles and isoquinolones. He is currently working on a metal catalyzed multicomponent carbonylative ring expansion of small N-heterocycles under the supervision of Dr. John Bower and Prof. Tim Gallagher. His Project has been generously sponsored by Pfizer.
Giacomo Crisenza (MSc)
Graduated in 2010 from the University of Milan. He carried out his research project studying the enzymatic resolution and ring opening reactions of 5-monosubstituted isoxazolines. In October 2012 he completed his Master's degree in Chemical Sciences. Giacomo undertook his final thesis project on synthesis of new spyro-β-lactams containing isoxazolinic ring. Currently he is undertaking his PhD project with Dr. John Bower studying new methodologies for asymmetric C-H functionalization. See all his publications to date.
Ashleigh Griffith (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Southampton in 2012. Her third year project explored the gelling parameters of a compound containing terpyridine and carboxylic acid moieties, which formed a strong supramolecular hydrogel. Her industrial placement was at BioFocus, where she carried out Structure Activity Relationship (SAR) investigations in the ‘hit-to-lead’ phase of drug discovery. Her PhD project is the design and synthesis of Synthetic Lectins for Cellulose and Chitin supervised by Professor Anthony Davis in collaboration with Professor Robin Bedford and Dr. Matt Crump.
Isabel Perez-Powell (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012. In 2011, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship to undertake a project with Dr Carmen Galán for the development of O-glycan functionalised quantum dots as biomedical tracers. She conducted her final year project under the supervision Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones, towards the synthesis of oxygen-18 labelled aryne precursors. Her PhD is based on the synthesis of prostanoid derivatives working under the supervision of Profs. Aggarwal FRS and Gallagher.
Lisa-Maria Recnik (MSc)
Graduated from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria in 2011. During her studies she spent one year as an Erasmus student at CPE Lyon in France. In her last year she was supervised by Prof. Marko D. Mihovilovic for her master thesis on selective sequential cross-coupling reactions on imidazole. She is currently working under the supervision of Profs. Willis and Jane (School of Physiology and Pharmacology) on the development of novel inhibitors of the kainate receptors.
Timothy Shuttleworth (MChem)
Graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford in 2012. During his final year project he investigated the application of zwitterionic catalyst in the hydroacylation reaction. He is currently working with Prof Paul Pringle and Dr Jon Iggo (Liverpool) on the design of new ligands for Pd-catalysed methoxycarbonylation of ethene.
Andrew Smith (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012. His final year project investigated unusual coupling reactions between Grignard reagents and substituted beta-bromostyrenes. Andrew went on placement to Unilever R&D Colworth, where he investigated the physical and rheological properties of ice creams under the supervision of Dr Andrea Williams. Andrew is currently working with under the supervision of Dr. Chris Russell and Prof. Paul Pringle on the synthesis and characterisation of digold complexes.
Pradip Songara (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Reading in 2012. During his industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline he worked in the Immuno-Inflammation CEDD. His final year project was on the ‘Design and Synthesis of novel fluorescent polymers for detecting electron-deficient aromatic molecules’. Pradip was awarded the Paul Holt Prize for Top Student in Organic Chemistry. His PhD is based on ‘vinylsulfonium salts: ylide to metal-carbene exchange for the synthesis of heterocycles’ under the supervision of Prof. Varinder Aggarwal, Dr. Chris Russell and Dr. Eoghan McGarrigle (UCD, Dublin).
Steve Street (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Reading in 2011. He won the CEMAS prize for the most improved student, going on to work for CEMAS. His final year project was on polymer supported molecular tweezers. He has had 2 publications from his RBS rotations, and joined Dr Carmen Galan’s group to work on carbohydrate based anti-cancer drugs. This project was funded by Novartis in collaboration with Dr Juan Carlos Morales from the CSIC in Seville, Spain and he spent 2 months there last year. Steven also spent 3 months in Kyoto last year, as part of a JSPS fellowship. See all his publications to date.