Researchers Based in University College Dublin:
Above is our Group Photo, April 2017.
Gary obtained his undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin. During his degree he carried out an industrial placement at Schering-Plough (Rathdrum, Wicklow) [now MSD] and did his research project under the guidance of Dr Enda Bergin. This research on a copper-catalysed Petasis reaction was published in J Org Chem 2012, 77, 4445 (DOI: 10.1021/jo3003503). He is currently working on catalytic glycosylations. His research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under a SIRG grant awarded to Eoghan. He was the vice-president of the UCD Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) for 2013-2014.
4rth Year PhD student
Avene obtained a BSc in Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology from UCD. She carried out her final year project in the McGarrigle group and was awarded the Dervilla Donnelly medal as the top student in her BSc examinations. She presented her findings at the National Undergraduate Research Meeting in Maynooth in Spring 2013. Her PhD research on catalysis is funded by a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council. She was a Committee member for the UCD Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) for 2014-2015. Her first paper was published in J Org Chem in 2016 (doi:10.1021/acs.joc.6b01914) and concerned catalyst poisons in thiourea-catalysed glycosylations.
Nathan obtained a MChem from Cardiff University and followed that with a Masters at the University of York (with Dr R Douthwaite). He was the president of Cardiff University Students’ Union Chemistry Society during his time there. He has been awarded a UCD Research Demonstratorship.
Martin Ó Fearraigh
Martin graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from UCD in 2014. Martin did a summer internship in the group of Dr Grace Morgan before carrying out his final year research project in the McGarrigle group. He was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship for his PhD studies. He hails from Donegal and is a native Irish speaker. He was a committee member for the UCD Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) for 2015-16.
2nd Year PhD student
Imlirenla completed her BSc from Christ University, Bangalore, India. She moved to Ireland to do an MSc in Chemistry in UCD during which she carried out a research project on organocatalysis. She is from Nagaland, India and joined the group as a PhD student in 2015. She served on the UCD Chemistry Soceity committee for 2016-17.
2nd Year PhD student
Róisín completed her BSc in University College Cork where she completed her final year research project with Prof Anita Maguire. She joined the group as a PhD student in 2015. Among her many interests are Squash and Gaelic sports – she is on the UCD Squash team and is in the Lidl GAA advert on TV! She served on the UCD Chemistry Soceity committee for 2016-17.
1st Year PhD student
Vincent completed his BSc in University College Dublin where he completed his final year research project with Dr Matthias Tacke. He was awarded a prestigious NUI Travelling Studentship in Chemistry. This will enable Vincent to carry out research in the University of Bristol with Prof Varinder Aggarwal FRS during his PhD in UCD. As a recipient of an NUI award in 1916, Vincent also received a De Valera Medal, honouring former NUI Chancellor, Éamon de Valera, to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Former Group Members:
Fiona Clarke, Alexandra Horan and Saranna Kavanagh
Final Year Undergraduate Research Project Students, 2016-17
Fiona, Alex, and Saranna carried out their final year research projects for their degrees of BSc in Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology or BSc in Chemistry, respectively. Their research involved developing novel methodologies for the synthesis of carbohydrates (including some with therapeutic potential).
Industrial Visiting Researcher, 2017
Jorge joined the group on secondment from Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico as part of an EU-funded collaboration (3DNet) that seeks to develop new treatments for diseases of the eye. He is a research scientist at Gadea with more than 10 years experience. He started there in the R&D department working on the chemistry of steroids, but is currently in the Technical Services department. He is an expert in the development of analytical methods in HPLC and GC.
Visiting Student, Spring 2017
Isabel was a visiting student at UCD for Semester 2 of the 2016-17. She was in her 3rd year studying chemistry at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. She carried out a research experience in the group in the area of carbohydrate chemistry.
Summer Internship 2016
Gaffney worked on the development of methodology for the synthesis of novel hetereocycles with us in the Summer of 2016. He starts the final year of his BSc degree at UCD in September 2016.
Orla Patton, David Farrar and Mark Reihill
Final Year Undergraduate Research Project Students 2015-16
Orla, David and Mark carried out their final year research projects in the group. Orla developed new methodologies for carbohydrate chemistry while Mark and David synthesised molecules with potential biological activity as part of our ongoing project with the Kennedy group in SBBS and Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico. David is doing an MSc in Biotechnology next, while Orla and Mark are starting PhD projects in UCD in 2016.
Jorge studied Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). His work and professional interests have been focused in the Pharma industry, particularly in process optimization; he says “It is really amazing how little changes may lead to big differences in industrial scale manufacturing.” Jorge joined the group on secondment from Gadea Grupo Farmacéutico as part of an EU collaboration (3DNet) that seeks to develop new treatments for diseases of the eye.
Summer Internship 2015
Catalina carried out research into the synthesis of novel heterocycles with us in the summer of 2015. She started the final year of her degree at UCD in September 2015.
Mairead Boland and Amy Maguire
Amy and Mairead carried out their final year research projects in the group. Mairead did research in the area of carbohydrate chemistry and Amy researched organocatalytic reactions. They are both from county Wexford, and after graduation progressed to PhD research in TCD and UCD, respectively.
Andrew was a Junior year undergraduate Chemistry student from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana, USA. He spent the Spring semester in UCD and as part of his studies he undertook a project in our group working on some carbohydrate chemistry.
Erasmus+ Visiting Researcher, 2014
Sandra carried out a 3-month research project in the group while on Erasmus exchange from the University of Hamburg, where she is studying for an MSc with Prof Dr Bernd Meyer. She worked on stereoselective glycosylations while in Dublin.
Ronan obtained his BSc from the University of Limerick. He carried out a research project in the group as part of his MSc studies in UCD.
Summer Internship, 2014
Ava was a 3rd year undergraduate chemistry student in UCD when she was awarded an RSC-sponsored Undergraduate Research Bursary to carry out a research placement in the group this Summer. She initiated a new project within the group which was then carried on by Sandra Semmler.
Martin Ó Fearraigh, Jeff Glynn, Sarah Mallen
Final Year Undergraduates in UCD, 2013-2014
Martin, Jeff and Sarah carried out their final year research projects on organocatalysis in the group. Martin and Sarah progressed to PhD positions in UCD and UL, respectively.
Visiting Students in UCD, 2013/2014
Josh and Amity carried out short research projects in the group as part of their study abroad programme in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, respectively. They are both students from the University of Notre Dame, USA.
Visiting Researcher, 2014
Raffael carried out research in UCD as part of an EU-funded Short Term Scientific Mission as part of the COST action ORCA (CM0905). This is part of a collaboration between the McGarrigle and Schreiner groups. Raffael is a PhD student in the Schreiner group in Giessen in Germany.
Visiting Summer Intern.
Carole is carryied out an internship June-August 2013. She is a student from the National Graduate School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Clermont-Ferrand, in France. Her research was in the area of carbohydrate chemistry.
Avene Colgan and Chigozie Achara
Final year undergraduates in UCD, 2012-2013.
Avene and Chigozie carried out their final year research projects in the group. They conducted further studies into the thiourea-catalysed glycosylation that was the subject of a paper in Angew Chem in 2012. Avene is currently doing a PhD in the group funded by the Irish Research Council. Chigozie went on to do a pgDip in Medicinal Chemistry in Strathclyde.
PhD, 2014, University of Bristol (jointly supervised with Dr M Carmen Galan)
Ed has 5 publications to-date from his PhD research (2 in Angew Chem Int Ed, one each in Org Lett, Synlett, and eEncyclopedia for Reagents in Organic Synthesis). Following his PhD he took up a postdoctoral position with Prof Jared Shaw in University of Cailfornia, Davis.
(University of Giessen)
(University of Bristol)
Dr Craig P Butts
(University of Bristol)
(University of Bristol)
Final year PhD student in Aggarwal Group
M Chem, University of Reading, UK, 2012
PhD in Aggarwal Group, 2015.
M Chem, University of York, UK, 2010
Johnathan has 4 publications from his PhD to-date (1 each in Org Lett, J Org Chem, Chem Eur J, and eEncyclopedia for Reagents in Organic Synthesis). Following his PhD he took up a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof Jonathan Clayden.
(University of Bristol)
PhD, 2016 (Pringle Group). Now employed at CatSci Ltd.
BSc University of Crete, Greece 2011 including Erasmus internship at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris
(CIIT Lahore, Pakistan)