Farewell Ana!

Ana with group members 2018 cropped2We say goodbye to Ana following the completion of her internship in the group. Ana made excellent progress in her RSC-sponsored research into organocatalytic glycosylations, making a significant contribution to our knowledge. In due course we hope to publish her results in a journal article. Thanks for all the hard work Ana, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Martin Presents in Budapest

Martin gave a talk on his phosphorus chemistry work in Budapest last week at the 22nd International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry. Martin was selected for a short oral presentation on Thursday afternoon. Martin was joined in Budapest by members of the Gilheany group from UCD. Both Prof Gilheany and Anna Vetter also spoke at the conference. Well done to all for flying the UCD flag.

Vinny wins Poster Prize Again!

Vinny PosterPrize Belfast 2018Congratulations to Vinny who was awarded the best poster prize at the 70th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium in Belfast. The colloquium was hosted by Queen’s University Belfast this year and featured oral and poster presentations from PhD students from 3rd level institutions from the whole island of Ireland. There were also keynote lectures by Evia Hevia (Strathclyde) and Eric Anslyn (Univ. Texas). This win follows hot on the heels of Vinny’s poster prize at the UCD Research Day in April.

Avene Graduates

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Congratulations Dr Avene Colgan! Avene had her official graduation ceremony today where she was officially conferred with her PhD degree. Well done on all the hard work Avene. Congratulations to Dr Malachi Gillick-Healy from the Gilheany group who also graduated today. We also take this opportunity to wish Avene every success in her next venture, a postdoctoral research fellowship in the University of Cambridge with Dr Robert Phipps. We will miss you Avene!

Congratulations Ana!

Ana SozanschiAna Sozanschi has been awarded an RSC Bursary for a Summer Internship in the group. We are really pleased to be welcoming Ana back to the group for an internship this summer. Ana will be working on exploring the use of organocatalysts for the glycosylation of glycals. We look forward to seeing the outcome of her research.

Prize for Róisín at Dublin Chemistry

Roisin and Ren2017Congratulations to Róisín who was awarded a prize for her talk at the Dublin Chemistry 3rd Year Talks symposium today. The annual event featuring talks by 3rd year PhD Chemistry students in UCD, TCD and DIT was held in TCD this year. Róisín and Ren represented the McGarrigle group and both gave excellent talks. The prizes were sponsored by Eli Lily.

Vinny wins poster prize

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Congratulations to Vinny who won the prize for best 2nd Year PhD student poster at the UCD School of Chemistry Research day yesterday. Congratulations also to Ren, who was awarded a commendation for her poster in the 3rd year PhD student category. The poster presentations were one part of the School Research Day, which culminated in the Chemsoc Inaugural Lecture which was given by Prof Chris Dobson (University of Cambridge).