Jessica Hall (MChem)
Graduated from the University of York in 2014. During her placement year at AstraZeneca she worked on the manufacture of chiral amines via catalytic and flow processing methods. She also undertook a placement at the University of Nottingham looking at the synthesis and characterisation of materials which promote stem cell attachment for biomedical applications. She is currently working under the supervision of Profs. Jonathan Clayden and Kevin Booker-Milburn on the development of methodology for the ring-expansion of nitrogen heterocycles via aryl and vinyl migrations.
Matthew Harper (MSc)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. During his undergraduate final year project, he investigated boron chemistry. He then completed an MSc working with Dr. Carmen Galan on alpha-selective organocatalytic glycosylations. He is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Russell and Dr. John Bower on novel oxidative gold catalysis.
Yunxiang He (MRes)
Graduated from Imperial College in 2013. His masters research project focussed on antibody-drug conjugates. Prior to this, he graduated with his first degree from the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. He is currently working under the supervision of Profs. Ian Manners and Charl Faul on self-assembly and biomedical applications of polylactide based block copolymers.
David Heard (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014. His final year project investigated the development of linker molecules for use in DNA sequencing by synthesis. He also worked on the synthesis of novel radiotracers for PET scans. He is currently working on the structural elucidation and flexible synthesis of nonadrides with potential agrochemical applications, under the supervision of Profs. Chris Willis and Russell Cox.
Krishna Mistry (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014. Her final year project investigated a metal containing binding site in a synthetic receptor mimic using a peptide helical system. She also worked on the total synthesis of pleuromutilin analogues. She is currently undertaking her PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Duncan Wass, Prof. Paul Pringle and Prof. R. Morris Bullock (PNNL, Washington) on developing frustrated Lewis pairs based on mid and late transition metals for small molecule activation and catalysis.
Kathryn Porter Goff (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014. She spent her third year working within the colloids and complex fluids department at AkzoNobel. She completed her final year research project developing carbohydrate based triazole N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for asymmetric catalysis. Kate is currently undertaking her PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dek Woolfson in collaboration with Drs Richard Sessions and Paul Race on the rational design, synthesis, assembly and characterisation of new protein folds. See all her publications to date
Alistair Scott (MSci)
Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014. His final year project was on the synthesis of the kalimantacin antibiotics. In the summer of 2013, he undertook a project funded by an EPSRC bursary to assist with the synthesis of hydroxyphthioceranic acid. His PhD project, under the supervision of Profs. Gallagher and Woolfson, focusses on investigating and exploiting protein-carbohydrate interactions using designed proteins.
Paul Walker (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Oxford in 2012. His final year project investigated the use of in situ click chemistry to identify novel enzyme inhibitors. He spent the next 18 months working for an immunology company based in Oxford. He is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Matt Crump, Prof. Chris Willis and Dr Paul Race on the biosynthesis of the kalimantacin antibiotics.
Siying Zhong (MChem)
Graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014. Her final year project was on the catalysis of phosphate triester hydrolysis through intramolecular effects. She was awarded first prize at the SCI undergraduate research symposium. She also carried out a research project investigating the synthesis of aromatic compounds via ynone trifluoroborates. She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Craig Butts and Professor Varinder Aggarwal on combining computation, NMR and Assembly-Line Synthesis to explore conformational control of small molecules.
Bin Zhou (MSc)
Graduated from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. His research was on the synthesis and reactions of S-trifluoroethyl sulfonium salts. After graduation, he worked for a pharmaceutical company on R&D of medicines for the treatment of stomach illnesses. He is currently working under the supervision of Profs. Varinder Aggarwal and Chris Willis on stereocontrolled synthesis of polypropionates based on building block assembly strategies by lithiation-borylation methodologies.