We are a synthetic organic chemistry research group at the University of Edinburgh focused on developing and improving the science of synthesis. Our research effort is primarily focused on the total synthesis of natural products, exploring new strategies and concepts in chemical synthesis, and developing new synthetic methodology. We often take our strategic inspiration from the chemistry of biosynthetic pathways and are fascinated by the origin, structure and function of biological molecules. Below you can see a selection of natural product targets we have successfully made (for further details see our publication list).

Completed Targets 2021

“Natural products are the result of three billion years of development of the living world, and they have survived the natural selection process over a long period of evolution. I am convinced they always carry a message, which it is our job to decipher”

Professor Vladimir Prelog (Naturwiss. Rundsch.1985, 38, 259 – 2662)