Inaugural Lecture and Medals Awarded

Congratulations to Joseph Ruddy, Cian Reid and Cathal Caulfield – yesterday they were awarded Dervilla Donnelly medals for finishing joint top of the 2018 BSc class in Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Cian and Joe carried out their final year research projects in the group last year. Joe is a current group member while Cian is now a research student in the Guiry group. Congratulations also to our former summer intern, Anna Sozanschi, who was awarded the Frank Hegarty medal for her performance in the 3rd year of the BSc in Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology. For a full list of winners see the School news item.

These medals were awarded as part of the School of Chemistry’s Research Day. The research day finished with the UCD Chemistry Society’s Inaugural Lecture. The invited lecture was given this year by Prof Steve Ley (Univ. Cambridge). Well done to the ChemSoc team for all their efforts throughout the year, especially President Gaffney!


Peter presents at School Research Day

Inaugural Photo 2019 croppedWell done to Peter who presented his poster yesterday on his final year undergraduate research project. The poster session was part of the UCD School of Chemistry Research Day and marks the end of the final year undergraduate projects for most of our BSc students. It was a great celebration of all the research carried out during the year. We take this opportunity to thank Peter for all his hard work during the year – his efforts have progressed the group’s science significantly. Zohair will present his poster later in the year when his project is complete. Peter and Zohair are pictured with members of the lab (Gilheany and McGarrigle research groups). We wish Peter and Zohair good luck for their summer exams, the last exams for Peter in his BSc.

Bristol Synthesis Meeting

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We attended the Bristol Synthesis Meeting yesterday. The annual meeting had excellent talks from Profs. Ilan Marek, Dean Toste, Helma Wennemers, Craig Townsend and Michinori Suginome. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Varinder Aggarwal. Eoghan is pictured with some of the former Aggarwal group members who attended the meeting, and at dinner with the speakers.