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. Katherine will be working on the development of new enantioconvergent reactions and applications in target-orientated synthesis.
Dr Joshua Homer (Postdoctoral Associate)
Josh recently completed his PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, under the supervision of Associate Professor Jonathan Sperry. Josh’s doctoral research focussed on the total syntheses of numerous indole- and pyrrole-containing natural products, with a specific emphasis on biomimetic methodology. Josh will be working as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Lawrence group helping to extend enantioconvergent synthesis.
Robert Godfrey (PhD Student)
Robert 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)
Peter 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.
Catherine Connolly (PhD Student)
Catherine 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.
Jake Stuart (PhD Student)
Jake completed his undergraduate Medicinal and Biological Chemistry degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2018 (MChem, Hons 1st Class). He completed an undergraduate research project in the Lawrence group, invetsigating a new biomimetic route to a complex alkaloid. Jake is now undertaking his PhD studies in the Lawrence group developing new enantioconvergent reactions.
Andrew Tiberia (PhD Student)
Andy was raised in Cambridgeshire and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York in 2018 (MChem, Hons 1st Class), spending his final year at Syngenta developing a novel herbicidal compound. Now part of the CRITICAT CDT, his PhD (jointly supervised with Prof. Lloyd-Jones) will involve the development of a new approach to enantioconvergent catalysis.
Jacob Bestwick (PhD Student)
Jacob completed his MChem at the University of Southampton in 2017. He carried out a six month research project at the University of Otago in New Zealand under the supervision of Dr Bill Hawkins, investigating the synthesis of brefeldin A analogues. He joined the Lawrence group in October 2018 and is working on the development of new enantioconvergent reactions.
Rosie Street-Jeakings (PhD Student)
Rosie completed her Masters at the University of Manchester (1st Class Hons.) under the supervision of Dr Danielle Leonori developing a method of photoinduced decarboxylative azidation. She also completed a 12 month placement at Roche (Switzerland) and a 3 month placement at Bayer (Germany). Rosie is now researching new enantioconvergent reactions for her PhD.
Victor Borba (Visitor – University of Ottawa)
Victor Borba is spending the 2019 summer in the group as a MITACS Globalinks Scholar. Victor has just finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and will be starting his PhD studies at the University of Ottawa in Prof. Louis Barriault’s group in September.
Farjana Afroj (MSc Student)
Farjana Afroj is completing a research project in the group as part of her MSc degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. Farjana is orginally from Bangladesh and obtained a BSc (Chemistry) and MSc (Organic Chemistry) from Jahangirnagar University. She has previously worked on the synthesis of chalcones and their conversion to flavones under the supevision of Prof. Mamun Hossain.
Fraser Milne (Undergraduate Summer Student)
Fraser Milne is currently studying for an MChem from the University of Edinburgh, he recently completed his 3rd year. Fraser is currently undertaking a summer project looking into the synthesis of prenylated phenylpropanoids and their derivatives, using biomimetic domino pericyclic reaction sequences.
Naruhiro Gondo (Visitor – Kyoto University)
Naruhiro completed his Mchem at Kyoto University (Pharmaceutical Sciences) in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Takeo Kawabata developing asymmetric vinylogous aza-MBH reactions. He is now undertaking his PhD studies in the same group. Naruhiro will be spending the 2019 summer in our group as visiting student, working on new stereoretentive-enantioconvergent methodology.
Elliot Davenport (Undergraduate Project Student)
Elliot is currently in his final year of an MChem in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. He has recently returned from a year studying at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona where he was working on base-catalysed nucleophilic borylation. Elliot joined the Lawrence group in September 2018 to carry out an undergraduate research project focused on biomimetic natural product synthesis.
Charlotte O’Donnell (Undergraduate Project Student)
Charlotte is studying towards an MChem in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She has also completed a year abroad at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; where she worked on the synthesis of photoswitch-inhibitors and upconversion nanoparticles under the supervision of Professor Bengang Xing. She is carrying out her final year research project in the Lawrence group on the biomimetic synthesis of a natural alkaloid.
Chenfei He (Undergraduate Project Student)
Chenfei comes from Guangzhou, China. As a student in a 2+3 dual admission degree program, she spent 2 years studying at the South China University of Technology and came to the University of Edinburgh in 2016 to pursue her MChem degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. She is carrying out her final year research project in the Lawrence group developing new domino reaction methodology.
Dr Marie Thomson (PhD Student 2015-2018)
- Currently training as a patent attorney
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
Jake Stuart (Undergraduate Project Student 2017-2018)
Maciej Kucharski (Undergraduate Project Student 2017-2018)
Tomas Vieira De Castro (Undergraduate Project Student 2017-2018)
Ioanna Nakou (MSc Project Student 2017)
Koen Rietdijk (Undergraduate Project Student 2016-2017)
Catherine Connolly (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)