Christopher Dias (MChem)
Graduated from the University of York in 2013. His final year placement at Eisai involved the design, synthesis and characterisation of small organic molecules for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. His PhD project is based on the development of anion transporters for the treatment of ion channel disorders, supervised by Prof. Anthony Davis, Dr. David Sheppard and Prof. Philip Gale (Southampton). See all his publications to date.
Matthew Everett (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013. During his placement year at Eli Lilly he worked in the hit to lead and lead optimisation phases of drug discovery, carrying out structure activity relationship studies of the therapeutic target. His final year project explored amine complexes of chlorosilanes. He is currently working on his PhD project, under the supervision of Professors Wass and Pringle, on indirect approaches to the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol. This would convert a waste product, carbon dioxide, into a high volume commodity chemical, methanol.
Rosalyn Falconer (MChem)
Graduated from St. Hilda's College, Oxford in 2013. Her final year project involved investigating the mechanism of dehydrocoupling of phsophine-boranes with rhodium hemilabile-ligand based catalysts. Her PhD project is based on investigating the direct activation of small molecules by main group compounds, supervised by Dr. Chris Russell and Prof. Doug Stephan.
Stephen Hill (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2013. His final year project was "Investigations into the Catalysis of P-O Bond Cleavage in Phosphate Triesters by Intramolecular Effects". During his placement year at GlaxoSmithKline he worked on epigenetic-based targets. His PhD project, under the supervision of Drs. Carmen Galan, Monica Berry and David Fermin, is based upon using carbohydrate-bearing quantum dots to probe how sugar motifs interact within cells.
Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins (MChem)
Graudated from the University of Oxford in 2013. In his 4th year project he worked in Ed Anderson's Group on a methodology project attempting to form alkynyl carbocycles via allenylpalladium intermediates. His PhD project investigates using block copolymers as synthons for making materials on the nanoscale, between the groups of Profs. Ian Manners and Charl Faul.
Nick Lees (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Bath in 2013. In his final year, he worked with Dr Simon E. Lewis on the total synthesis of (+)-Complanadine A. Outside the lab he enjoys playing cricket, tennis and guitar. His PhD project involves the natural product synthesis of novel antibiotics and derivatives under the supervision of Prof. Chris Willis and Dr Paul Race.
Thomas Nunns (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. His final year project was under the supervision of Dr Carmen Galan, working on the synthesis of β-glucans. He is currently working on the development of novel drug scaffolds using photochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Booker-Milburn and in collaboration with industry.
Daniel O'Flynn (MChem)
Graduated from Loughborough University in 2013. His final year research project was on the development of new routes to 1,1-diarylcyclopropanes. During his placement year at GlaxoSmithKline, he worked as a medicinal chemist in the Respiratory CEDD. Dan is currently working on the development of flexible strategies to nonadrides with agrochemical applications under the supervision of Profs. Chris Willis, Kevin Booker-Milburn, Tom Simpson and Dr Craig Butts.
Katy Pellow (MChem)
Graduated from Cardiff University in 2013. Her final year project was an investigation into S,P and N heterodonor macrocyclic ligands for homogeneous catalysis. During the summer of 2012, Katy undertook a research project with the Soft Matter Research Group, investigating particle stabilised emulsions. Katy is currently undertaking her PhD project with Professors Wass and Alder, investigating the use of N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in the catalytic upgrading of ethanol to butanol and other “borrowed hydrogen” reactions.
Guto Rhys (MSci)
Graduated from Imperial College London in 2012. During this time he undertook the Novartis Global Discovery Chemistry Summer Internship and worked for Boehringer Ingelheim on a Drug Discovery project at the Lead Optimisation Stage. His final year project was on a Total Synthesis of Pseudopterosin aglycone A. His PhD project is investigating the incorporation of metals into coiled-coil peptide assemblies to generate de novo enzymes is supervised by Profs. Woolfson, Brady and Dr Bower.
James Smith (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. He spent his third year working for Chroma Therapeutics as a medicinal chemist. His final year project was on the development of a one-pot allylboration/ Prins cyclisation methodolgy for the stereoselective synthesis of substituted tetrahydropyrans. His PhD project is based on the development of transition-metal free electrophile-mediated enantiospecific cross-couplings and is supervised by Prof. Varinder Aggarwal and Dr. Daniele Leonori.
Robert Tromans (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. His final year project investigated the Narasaka-Heck reaction for use in natural product synthesis by utilising the palladium catalysed cyclisation of oxime esters. He is currently working on the design and synthesis of synthetic lectins for binding oligo and polysaccharides under the supervision of Profs. Davis, Crump and Dr. Galan.
Will Yu (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013. He carried out his third year project on the total synthesis of assoanine derivatives as potential acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. During his industrial placement he worked at Eli Lilly, studying the synthesis of potentially bioactive highly-substituted purine compounds. His PhD project is based on the reactivity of novel tricyclic aziridines under the supervision of Profs. Booker-Milburn and Aggarwal.