Group Members

Dr Katherine Law (Postdoctoral Associate)

Katherine completed her PhD studies under the supervision of Associate Professor Christopher McErlean at the University of Sydney, Australia. Katherine then moved to Germany to undertake post-doctoral research at Bayer as part of an international initiative to accelerate the discovery of novel herbicides. As a post-doctoral research fellow in the Lawrence group, Katherine will be working on the development of new enantioconvergent reactions.

Robert Godfrey (PhD Student)

RobRobert completed his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (1st Class Hons) in 2014 and began his PhD studies within the Lawrence Group the same year. He is currently working on biomimetic approaches towards the total synthesis of complex alkaloids.



Peter Dabell (PhD Student)

PeterDabellPeter comes from Morayshire in the north of Scotland, and completed his MChem at the University of St Andrews in June 2014 before starting his PhD there as part of the Criticat CDT in September of that year. He moved to Edinburgh in April 2015 to work jointly in the Lawrence and Thomas groups on the development of biomimetic transition metal catalysed reactions for the oxidation of polyphenols, and their application in natural product synthesis.

Marie Thomson (PhD Student)

Marie Website Picture 1Marie completed her MChem (with a year in industry at BASF, Germany) at the University of St Andrews in June 2014 (1st Class Hons). During her time at St Andrews, Marie was awarded the AstraZeneca Prize for the best Honours Research Project in Biological Chemistry and was selected for the Deans’ List. Marie travelled to South East Asia and Australasia for a year and joined the Lawrence group in September 2015. Marie is working on developing biomimetic approaches towards complex carbohydrate natural products.

Catherine Connolly (PhD Student)

img_2656Catherine completed the final year of her MChem (Medicinal and Biological Chemistry) degree at the University of Edinburgh in the Lawrence group. She also completed a 12 month R&D Industrial Placement within the Medicinal Chemistry Department at GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage. She is now doing a PhD as part of the Criticat CDT program working jointly in the Lawrence and Campopiano groups. She will be working on biomimetic chemistry and biocatalysis.


Helen Jones (PhD Student)

Helen completed her undergraduate degree at Pembroke College, Oxford (MChem, Hons 1st Class). During her degree she completed a Part II research project under the supervision of Professor Ed Anderson, investigating the synthesis of bridged functionalised bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane derivatives. Helen is now looking to develop a new approach towards enantioconvergent catalysis during her PhD.



Maciej Kucharski (Undergraduate Project Student)

Maciej was born and bred in Wroclaw, Poland and then moved to the UK to study at the University of Edinburgh. He completed an industrial placement year at GSK, working on the development of gas/liquid continuous chemistry platforms (R&D Process Chemistry). His hobbies include history of art, swing dancing and swimming. He is currently doing his MChemX project in the Lawrence group, working on enantioconvergent catalysis.


Jake Stuart (Undergraduate Project Student)

Originally from Liverpool, Jake moved to Edinburgh in 2013 to study at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently studying towards an MChem degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. During his time in the Lawrence group, he will be working on an enantioselective-biomimetic synthesis of a complex alkaloid natural product.


Tomas Vieira De Castro (Undergraduate Project Student)

Tomas is currently in his final year of an MChem (Medicinal and Biological Chemistry) degree at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to his final year, Tomas completed a 12 month industrial placement position in the R&D division of Unilever, Colworth. Tomas joined the Lawrence Group in September 2017 to carry out his final year MChemX research project focusing on mechanistic investigations into a complex biomimetic domino reaction sequences.


Past Members

Ioanna Nakou (MSc Project Student 2017)

  • Currently a PhD student at the University of Warwick in the Challis Group

Dr Irene De Silvestro (PhD Student 2014-2017)

  • Currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW in the Morris Group

Dr Nicholas Green (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017)

  • Currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in the Sutherland Group

Dr Patrick Brown (PhD Student 2013-2016)

  • Currently a Senior Scientist at GSK

Past Undergraduate Students

Koen Rietdijk (Undergraduate Project Student 2016-2017)

Rhiann Ankers (Undergraduate Project Student 2015-2016)

Connie Buettner (Undergraduate Project Student 2015-2016)

Duncan MacDonald (Undergraduate Project Student 2015-2016)

Rebecca Burns (Undergraduate Project Student 2014-2015)

Becky Gerrard (Undergraduate Project Student 2014-2015)

Kiera Mehigan (Undergraduate Project Student 2014-2015)