Group Members


Dr David Jones (Postdoctoral Associate)

David completed his doctoral training, in the area of organophosphorus chemistry, under the joint supervision of Dr Eileen O’Leary (Munster Technological University) and Dr Timothy O’Sullivan (University College Cork, UCC) in 2018. David then worked concurrently as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr Gerard McGlacken (UCC) in the general areas of metal nanoparticle catalysis and homogeneous C–H activation, as part of an Eli Lilly Research Award Program (LRAP), and as an associate lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, UCC.

Dr Vera Demertzidou (Postdoctoral Associate)

Vera Photo

Vera was born and raised in Greece and she completed her undergraduate degree, Masters and doctoral training at the Department of Chemistry of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the supervision of Associate Professor Alexandros Zografos. Her Masters and PhD Thesis were focused on natural product synthesis and more specifically on the divergent and collective synthesis of furosesquiterpenoids and sesquiterpene lactones through common scaffold establishment. She joined the Lawrence group in May 2021 to pursue ways to develop new enantioconvergent multicomponent reactions.

Dr François Richard (Postdoctoral Associate)


François completed his undergraduate studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), followed by his doctoral studies at Queen Mary University of London under the supervision of Dr Stellios Arseniyadis. His work focused on the functionalisation of butenolides via metal-catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation and C-H activation processes and their application to natural products synthesis. He joined the Lawrence group in October 2021 to develop new approaches toward enantioconvergent reactions.

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.

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. 

Kimberley Dodds (PhD Student)

KimberleyKimberley grew up in Falkirk and obtained her MChem from the University of Edinburgh. She carried out her final year project in the Campopiano group exploring thermostable transaminase biocatalysts and then conducted a short summer project developing biocatalytic routes to industrially relevant compounds. Kimberley is undertaking her PhD studies in the field of transaminase biocatalysts with our industrial partner Johnson Matthey, under the joint supervision of Prof. Lawrence and Prof. Campopiano. Outside of her studies, Kimberley is a competitive bowler who is part of the ladies and junior ladies Scotland International team.

Adam Lockyer (PhD Student)

adamAdam completed his MChem at the University of Lincoln in 2021. He worked on the synthesis and self-sorting capabilities of lanthanide-salen complexes under the supervision of Dr Guzman Gil-Ramírez. After the completion of his MChem, Adam joined the Lawrence group to undertake a PhD studying total synthesis of natural products.

Lorna Minty (Undergraduate Project Student)

LornaLorna is in the final year of her MChem in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She has joined the Lawrence Group to complete her final year 5P project, on a medicinal chemistry project focused on a complex natural product.

Annika Wegner-Repke (Undergraduate Project Student)

annikaAnnika grew up in Germany and is in the final year of her BSc in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She joined the Lawrence Group to complete her BSc project on the chemoenzymatic total synthesis of complex alkaloids.

Shane Barrett Kavanagh (Visiting Student)

shaneShane is a visiting student from Trinity College Dublin, where he is in his final year of a BA in Medicinal Chemistry. He previously undertook an industrial placement in the QC Chemistry Department at Sanofi Waterford. He has joined the Lawrence Group to complete his Capstone Research Project, on the total synthesis of natural products.

Past PhD and PDRA Members

Dr Joshua Homer (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2021)

Dr Katherine Law (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020)

Dr Robert Godfrey (PhD Student 2014-2019, Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020)

Dr Peter DaBell (PhD Student 2015-2019)

Dr Marie Thomson (PhD Student 2015-2018)

Dr Irene De Silvestro (PhD Student 2014-2017)

Dr Nicholas Green (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017)

Dr Patrick Brown (PhD Student 2013-2016)

Past Undergraduate Students and Visitors

Lewis Halsall (MSc Project Student 2021)

Rosie Street-Jeakings (Research Student 2018-2020)

Mária Štiblariková (Visiting Student 2020-2021 – Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)

Panagiotis Kalomenopoulos (Undergraduate Project Student 2020-2021)

Baekman Kim (Undergraduate Project Student 2020-2021)

Sujlesh Sharma (MSc Project Student 2020)

Eilidh Matheson (Undergraduate Project Student 2019-2020)

Kristian Chambers (Undergraduate Project Student 2019-2020)

Naruhiro Gondo (Visiting Student 2019 – Kyoto University)

Elliot Davenport (Undergraduate Project Student 2018-2019)

Charlotte O’Donnell (Undergraduate Project Student 2018-2019)

Chenfei He (Undergraduate Project Student 2018-2019)

Farjana Afroj (MSc Project Student 2019)

Victor Borba (Visiting Student 2019 – University of Ottawa)

Fraser Milne (Undergraduate Summer Student 2019)

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)