Zijun Chen did her MChem at Merton College before joining the VG group; investigating the reconstruction of 31P spectroscopic imaging in vivo in her Part II project. She is now a DPhil student at Merton College, working on the radiofluorination of a cancer drug. She enjoys cooking, reading and playing the piano in her free time.
Konstantinos Bachelors' project was in Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) of human insulin analogues under the supervision of Prof. K. Barlos, University of Patras, Greece. His Master thesis was completed in the chemistry group of Prof. G. Rassias, University of Patras working on the synthesis of non-peptide agonists for the B2R receptor of Bradykinin. Konstantinos has worked for Olympic Brewery S.A. (Greece) as an assistant analyst as summer job and after completing his MSc, he joined AKFA Chemicals (Greece) as a temporary R&D and QC analyst. He joined the Gouverneur group in October 2017 as a DPhil student and is the recipient of One Merton College Chemistry scholarship. In his spare time he loves playing basketball and cooking.
Giulia completed her MSc Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies in 2014 (University of Turin, Italy). Her Industrial Placement- Red Glead Discovery under the supervision of Dr. Johan Evenas. She spent 2 years at AstraZeneca Goteborg (Innovative Medicine & Early Development graduate program in the MedChem department of Cardiovascular and Metabolic diseases, headed by Dr. Malin Lemurell), working on the synthesis of small molecules for medicinal chemistry as well as peptide and conjugation chemistry. She also collaborated with the structure and biophysics team developing novel screening paradigms employing surface plasmon resonance and single molecule microscopy. Giulia’s current research focuses on the Organocatalytic Nucleophilic Fluorination. Giulia likes travelling, winter sports, hiking and cooking. www.linkedin.com/in/giuliaroagna578
Sandrine completed her BSc between the Albert-Ludwigs University, Germany and Haute-Alsace University, France. She was awarded both her MSc and chemical engineering degrees from the Haute-Alsace University and the National Engineer school of Mulhouse (France). During the first year of her MSc degree, she collaborated with Prof Andrew Whiting, Durham University, UK, working on a project involving the synthesis of synthetic fluorescent retinoid derivatives for use in biological and imaging applications. For her MSc thesis Sandrine conducted work at the pharmaceutical company Galapagos (Paris), on the synthesis of new scaffolds and generation of libraries. She joined the group in October 2017 and works in collaboration with Janssen pharmaceutica.
Claudio Meyer studied Chemistry at the University of Basel, where he obtained his BSc in 2016. He began his master studies in summer 2016 and then went on to join the research group of Prof. Matthias Wymann, where he completed his master's thesis working in collaboration with PIQUR Therapeutics AG on the synthesis of lipid kinase inhibitors as anti-cancer agents. He completed his MSc in summer 2017 after which he joined the Gouverneur group in October 2017 as part of the FLUDD team where he works in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutica.
Tim Mollner completed his undergraduate studies at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He then graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree from the Technical University of Munich. For his Master’s thesis Tim visited the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany, working on the synthesis of novel antibacterial Cystobactamide derivatives under the supervision of Prof Mark Brönstrup. Since October 2017 Tim is working on the development of methodologies for the precise construction of fluorinated proteins under joint supervision of Prof Ben Davis and Prof Véronique Gouverneur.
Tobi completed his B.A Medicinal Chemistry degree in 2017 at Trinity College, Dublin. During the summer of his final year, Tobi carried out a research project focused on the synthesis of peptides using a novel ligation technique, supervised by Professor Eoin Scanlan. Working with the Scanlan group, Tobi was able to make considerable progress in his research project and synthesised compounds that are being used as part of a study on the role of lipoproteins of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on pathogenesis and disease. Tobi’s final year research project supervised by Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Trinity college Dublin was based on the Synthesis, Photophysical and Biological evaluation of 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimides based Tröger’s base as DNA targeting agents and potential anti-cancer agents. This project incorporated the use of 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimides based Tröger’s bases as probes, pH sensors and cytotoxic compounds in cells.
Born in London, Jimmy completed his MChem degree with a year in industry at the University of Warwick. He spent his placement year at AstraZeneca, synthesising small drug molecules for the treatment of cancer. Before starting his DPhil, Jimmy returned to AstraZeneca for a summer placement where he worked on synthetic methodology projects. Jimmy was part of the SBM-CDT 2016 cohort and completed rotations in the groups of Ed Anderson and Chris Schofield. He joined Véronique Gouverneur's group in September 2017 for his substantive project, focused on asymmetric organocatalysis. In his spare time Jimmy enjoys relaxing outside, socialising with friends, and listening to music.
Robert graduated from the University of Southampton in 2015 with an MChem degree, having worked on the synthesis of fluorinated building blocks under the supervision of Bruno Linclau. Following graduation, Robert continued to work in Bruno’s lab for a further 5 months, preparing a series of fluorinated glucose and galactose derivatives. Robert then travelled in Asia for 8 months, before starting his PhD in 2016. Robert now works in asymmetric transition metal catalysis with Veronique. In his spare time, Robert enjoys travelling, hiking, scuba diving, swimming in the sea, and going to the pub.
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