News

November 2020A postdoctoral research associate position is currently available to join the group in early 2021. Deadline for applications is 05/01/2021, 17:00.

November 2020 – Welcome to Dr David Jones, the newest postdoctoral research fellow to join the Lawrence group! David joins us from University College Cork.

October 2020Sujlesh has completed her PGT MSc with Distinction! Congratulations Sujlesh, a richly deserved recognition of your hard work.

October 2020Welcome to Mária Štiblariková! Mária is a visiting PhD student from the Slovak University of Technology, in Bratislava.

October 2020 The group have been awarded an EPSRC New Horizons grant for the development of a new type of enantioconvergent multi-component reaction. An associated PDRA position will be advertised soon, please contact Andy for further details.

September 2020 Congratulations to Sujlesh on being awarded a School of Chemistry ‘2020 MSc Class Prize for Medicinal and Biolohgical Chemistry’! Here she is happily working in the lab with her supervisor Andy Tiberia.

August 2020 – Andy has been promoted to Professor at the University of Edinburgh, as a Personal Chair of Organic Synthesis.

June 2020 – Congratulations to both of our undergraduate project students who have been awarded School of Chemistry Prizes! Eilidh was awarded two prizes for ‘Best Final Year Project: MChemX’ and ‘Best Overall Performance: MChemX’, and Kris was awarded the prize for ‘Best Final Year Project: Year in Edinburgh’.

June 2020 – Applications for Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (starting in January 2021) for high income countries are now open (Deadline 20 July 2020). Please check eligibility criteria before contacting Andy to discuss.

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June 2020 – Dr Blane Zavesky (Senior Chemist at Corteva Agriscience) has created a Synthesis Workshop video podcast describing Rob’s recent total synthesis of brevianamide A.

April 2020 – Rob has written a Behind the Paper blog post about his total synthesis of brevianamide A, which was published in Nature Chemistry.

March 2020 – Our most recent paper “Total Synthesis of Brevianamide A” has been published in Nature Chemistry. Congratulations Rob and Nick!

March 2020 – Congratulations to both of our undergraduate project students who have secured PhD positions. Kris will be moving to the University of Bristol to work with Prof. Varinder Aggarwal FRS, and Eilidh will be be moving to Queen’s University Belfast to work with Dr Stephen Cochrane.

January 2020 – Helen has been awarded a ScotCHEM PECRE award, which will enable her to undertake a research placement at the Australian National University in Canberra, with Prof. Mick Sherburn. Congratulations Helen!

December 2019 – Lawrence Group Christmas Quiz, Scrapheap Golf and Dinner was greart fun!

December 2019 – Helen was awarded the runner up prize at the 2019 RSC Organic Division poster symposium. Well done Helen!

September 2019 – Welcome to Eilidh Matheson and Kris Chambers, the newest members of the Lawrence group. They will be carrying out their undergraduate research projects in the group, working on biomimetic natural product synthesis.

September 2019 – The group had farewell drinks for Naruhiro, a visiting PhD student from Kyoto University. Thank you for all your efforts and good luck on completing your PhD studies.

July 2019 – Many congratulations to Robert Godfrey for passing his PhD viva. Thank you Prof. Martin Smith from the University of Oxford and Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones FRS for being the examiners.

July 2019 – Congratulations to Dr Marie Thomson and our undergraduate project students Elliot, Charlotte and Chenfei who all graduated yesterday!

June 2019 – Welcome to Farjana Afroj and Fraser Milne, the newest members of the group. Farjana is completing her MSc project in the group and Fraser is an undergraduate student undertaking a summer project in the group.

May 2019 – Helen can’t stop winning prizes! Congratulations for winning the runner-up prize for best poster presentation at the 2019 Jospeh Black Conference.

May 2019 – Congratulations to Jake, Jacob, Rosie, Andrew, Helen, and Catherine for presenting fantastic posters and delivering outstanding talks at the annual Organic Section Firbush Retreat. Catherine and Helen both won prizes for best talks, great job guys!

May 2019 – The 2019 Lawrence Group Retreat was a great success! Glamping in Peebles (Scottish Borders) and then lots of fun at GoApe.

May 2019 – Welcome to Victor Borba who will spend the summer in the group as a MITACS Globalinks Scholar. Victor has just finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and will spend the summer working in the Lawrence Group. Victor will then be starting his PhD studies at the University of Ottawa in Prof. Louis Barriault’s group.

April 2019 – Welcome to Andrew Tiberia who has joined the group as a Criticat CDT PhD student. Andy will be jointly supervised with Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones FRS (Lloyd-Jones Group).

February 2019 – Work from Rosie’s undergraduate research with Dr Daniele Leonori at the University of Manchester has been published in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, as part of the 2019 New Talent issue. Congratulations Rosie!

December 2018 – Many congratulations to Dr (almost) Marie Thomson for passing her PhD viva. Thank you Prof. Craig Butts from the University of Bristol and Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones FRS for being the examiners.

November 2018 – New group photo.

November 2018 – Welcome to Dr Joshua Homer, the newest postdoctoral research fellow to join the Lawrence group! Josh joins us from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Jonathan Sperry. He will be working on new enantioconvergent reactions and applications in target-orientated synthesis.

October 2018 – Andy was recently presented with the BMOS-RSC Young Investigator Distinction Award (a Chemical Communication and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry journals effort) at the 17th Brazilian Meeting on Organic Synthesis (BMOS) in Salvador, Brazil. Thank you to the Royal Society of Chemistry and the conference organisers for an excellent trip!

October 2018 – Crazy golf, burgers and drinks to welcome the new group members!

September 2018 – Lawrence Group meet-and-greet for undergraduate students interested in doing their final year MChem 5P research project in the group will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at 16:00 in Room 235 (JB Building). We look forward to meeting you there!

September 2018 – Welcome to Jake, Rosie, Andrew and Jacob, the newest PhD students in the Lawrence group! They will be working on a variety of catalytic enantioconvergent reactions.

September 2018 – Welcome to Chenfei, Charlotte and Elliot, the newest members of the Lawrence group! They will be carrying out their undergraduate research projects in the group, working on biomimetic natural product synthesis and domino reactions.

August 2018 – Andy has been named as one of the 2018 BMOS-RSC Young Investigator Distinction awardees (a Chemical Communication and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry journals effort). Andy will receive a certificate and present a talk at the 17th Brazilian Meeting on Organic Synthesis in Salvador, Bahia.

June 2018 – Congratulations to Jake, Tomas and Maciej (Lawrence Group 2017/18 undergraduate students) for all achieving 1st Class MChem degrees!

June 2018 – Marie, Rob and Peter recently delivered oral presentations at the annual School of Chemistry – Joseph Black Conference. Rob was awarded a prize for his talk. Well done guys!

May 2018 – Helen and Catherine presented posters at the annual Organic Section Firbush Retreat. Helen was awarded a prize for her poster. Well done guys!

April 2018 – Our most recent collaborative paper with Dr Fernanda Duarte “Bio-Inspired Domino oxa-Michael/Diels–Alder/oxa-Michael Dimerization of para-Quinols” has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congratulations Nick, Catherine and Koen!