Saidul has been a Research Fellow at UCL since 2013. He received an MChem (Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry) from the University of Manchester, with short apprenticeships with David Procter, Darren Dixon, and Jonathan Clayden. He remained in Manchester for a PhD with John Sutherland FRS (now at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge), followed by a postdoctoral stay with Igor Larrosa (QMUL, London).
Dr Jyoti Singh
I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCL, and my research revolves around tackling the origin of life problem by using nucleotide specific catalyst. I have conducted my doctoral study at the University of Freiburg. My PhD work involved the design and development of synthetic technologies to access phosphorus-containing compounds for the biological application efficiently and straightforwardly. I have held a dual master’s degree from the University of Delhi, India and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. During my master’s thesis, I work on the synthesis of novel biodegradable polymers as well as studying optoelectronic property of the polymer films.
Dr Daniel Whitaker
Daniel has been a research fellow at UCL since 2017. After completing his masters project on self-assembled anion-binding copper complexes in the Nitschke group at the University of Cambridge, he worked as a visiting researcher in the Fulton group at the University of Newcastle studying thermoresponsive polymers. Daniel then moved to the Larrosa group at the University of Manchester, where he investigated the role of silver in palladium-catalysed C-H activation.
Originally from Guimarães, Portugal, I’m a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher doing a PhD in peptide catalysed triose glycolysis. Before moving to the UK, I did an undergraduate in Medicinal Chemistry at UTAD, a masters in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at FFUP and an internship as a Medicinal Chemistry trainee at Bial. I’ve experienced 4 years of multidisciplinary research in Medicinal Chemistry, with a strong focus on Organic Chemistry.
Hi, I’m Jasper and I come from Plymouth in the sunny southwest. After studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham, I moved to London to complete a MRes in Organic Chemistry at UCL in the Anderson group. My research involves prebiotic peptide ligations using UV light and exploring photochemistry. Outside of the lab I like to travel, go to the pub, hike in the mountains, bake lots and dabble in music.
Benji completed his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, undertaking summer research projects in the Nitschke group and the Stoltz group (Caltech). He completed his MSci at Cambridge in 2019 in the Gaunt group, investigating activity-based protein profiling warheads.
I was born in Baghlan, Afghanistan, but as a child I grew up in Peshawar, Pakistan. I arrived in the UK in 2008 and went to school in north west London. I then went to the University of Reading to study for an MChem degree. My final year project was on the synthesis of photocaged neurotransmitters, supervised by Dr Christopher Smith. During my Undergraduate studies I also undertook another 8-week summer research project, metal-free aryne mediated C-H bond activation, under the supervision of Dr Christopher jones, at QMUL. For this I was awarded the “RSC Summer UGBursary 2019”. During my undergraduate studies, I was also awarded the organic practical and Edward Guggenheim prize. I am now working on prebiotic peptide ligation for my PhD in mwp group. In my free time I enjoy cooking, running, and going to the gym.
My name is Arran, and I come from a village called Angmering in West Sussex. I did a four year integrated masters in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry. I was at Christ’s College, which was attended by Charles Darwin; here I am pictured sitting in his chair. Throughout my undergrad, I was interested in how chemical processes gave rise to living systems. This led me to focus on organic chemistry and its application to biology, and then to apply for a PhD in the Powner Lab. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking, and the occasional trip to the pub.
After growing up near Dundee (Scotland), Andrew moved southwards to undertake his MChem at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2020. While at Edinburgh he undertook projects in the Lloyd-Jones, Cockroft and Thomas groups, work in the latter of which on iron-catalysed B₂pin₂ deuterogenolysis has been published. His final year MChem project on nickel-catalysed Heck reactions was performed under the supervision of Prof. Snyder at the University of Chicago. His work in the Powner group is currently focused on prebiotic cobalt catalysed reactions. In his spare time he would go to the pub or think about where he might next go on holiday, but instead he stays home and watches Netflix, reads the news obsessively, cooks, eats, and sleeps. It’s like Groundhog Day (a film Andrew hasn’t seen), but less funny.
Dr Christian Arturo Fernandez-Garcia
Dr Leonardo Maugeri
Dr Merina Corpinot
Research: Prebiotic synthesis of RNA nucleotides, lipids and amino acids.
Current position: Senior Chemist at Concept Life Sciences
Research: Prebiotic synthesis of cysteine peptides
Current position: Higher Medical Device Specialist at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Research: Crystallisation techniques and strategies for the synthesis of key prebiotic molecules.
Dr Shaun Stairs
Research: Prebiotic nucleotide synthesis
Current position: Pharmaron, Inc.
Dr Ben Colville
Dr Rebecca Marchington
Dr Callum Foden
Research: Selective Prebiotic Synthesis of α‐Threofuranosyl Cytidine by Photochemical Anomerization
Current position: TBC
Research: Studies of prebiotic physical models towards understanding the emergence of biological homochirality
Research: Thiol catalysed prebiotic peptide ligations in water
Current position: Business management consultant
Dr Pierre Canavelli
Dr Kathryn Ashe
Dr Samuel Roberts
Research: Prebiotic peptide elongation by the chemoselective ligation of aminonitriles
Current position: Data scientist
Research: Studies towards the prebiotic synthesis of nucleotides and amino acids
Current position: Associate editor, Nature Chemistry
Research: The prebiotic synthesis of furanosyl-nucleosides
Current position: PDRA at the University of Cambridge with Prof. Sir Shanka Balasumbramanian
Dr Natalie Grefenstette
Dr Arif Nikmal
Dr Adam Coggins
Research: Studies towards the prebiotic synthesis and phosphorylation of ribonucleotides
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Santa Fe Institute
Research: Studies Towards a Chemical Origins of RNA: Divergent Prebiotic Synthesis of Pyrimidine and 8-oxo-Purines Ribonucleotides
Current position: Teaching GCSE and A-level chemistry
Research: Studies toward a prebiotic protometabolism
Current position: Analyst
Francesca Ridgeway Bishop, MSci
William Sheppard, MSci
Atthapol Tweesri, MRes Drug Discovery
Ruocen Sun, MSci
Harry Bell, MSci
Huajing Lui, MRes Chemical Science
Rang Wan, MRes Drug Discovery
Sophie Walpole, MSci
Aminat Amoo, MSci
Yisi (Jasmina) Lui, MRes Drug Discovery
Alex Heaton MSci
Cheng (Frank) Cen, MSci
Jawaher Al Nawah, MRes Chemical Science
Benjamin Colville, MSci (Winner of the Charles Vernon prize for Masters Best Project)
Marcos Fernandez, MSci
James Rushworth, MSci (Joint with Prof. Tom Sheppard).
Giuliamonica Leonardi, MRes Drug Discovery
Conrad Lim, MSci
Kevin O’Loughlin, MRes Drug Discovery
Xinglin (Lynne) Yang, MSci
Raquel Fraquel, MSci (Joint with Cancer Research Technologies; Winner of the Charles Vernon prize for Masters Best Project)
Chenye Sun, MSci
Izaak Fryer-Kanssen, MSci
Harriet Story, MSci (Joint with Cancer Research Technologies)