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 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.
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.
Mária Štiblariková (PhD Student – visitor)
Maria completed her undergraduate degree at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 2018, working on synthesis of polysubstituted tetrahydrofuran derivatives using Pd-catalysed domino reactions. Her PhD project is focused on the development of an efficient synthetic strategy for the synthesis of multiple polyketide derivatives of the same origin. During her visit she will be working on natural product synthesis using biocatalysis.
Panagiotis Kalomenopoulos (Undergraduate Project Student)
Panagiotis is in the final year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh (MChem). He has previously researched the synthesis of magnetically interesting coordination complexes under the supervision of Prof. Euan Brechin and Prof. Simon Parsons. He is currently undertaking a 5P research project in the Lawrence Group researching the biomimetic total synthesis of natural products.
Baekman Kim (Undergraduate Project Student)
Baekman is from South Korea and is in the 4th year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh. Before commencing year 4, he carried out a year-long research placement at KAIST in Korea under the supervision of Prof. Soon Hyeok Hong on metathesis, polymer chemistry, and CO2 functionalization. He is now researching the biomimetic synthesis of natural products.
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
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)