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Above is our Group Photo, April 2017.

Avene Colgan

Completed PhD student – awaiting graduation

Avene HeadshotAvene 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. Several more should follow shortly. She was awarded a BOC Gases bursary in 2017 as one of the best PhD students in the School of Chemistry.

Nathan Allen

PhD studentNathanAllen – writing thesis

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 was awarded a UCD Research Demonstratorship.

Martin Ó Fearraigh

Martin Ferry4rth Year PhD student

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.

Ren cropped 2Imlirenla Pongener

3rd 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.

Róisín McCarthy

Roisin Dec20153rd 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.

Vincent Duong

vincent-duong-cropped-img_28352nd 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. He is a member of the ChemSoc committee for 2017-18.

Gaffney Kapito

Gaffney1st Year PhD student

Gaffney completed his BSc in UCD where he carried out his final year research project in the Dawson group. Gaffney previously carried out a summer internship in the group. His PhD research concerns carbohydrate chemistry and is sponsored by SFI.

Alex Horan

Alex1st year PhD student

Alex completed her BSc in UCD and carried out her final year research project in the McGarrigle group, where she worked on carbohydrate chemistry. She is now developing new organocatalytic methods using thiourea catalysis. She was awarded an Irish Research Council Scholarship for her PhD studies.

Dionissia Pepe

Dionissia1st year PhD student

Dionissia completed her Diploma and MSc in the University of Patras, Greece. She was also a placement student in the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse during her MSc. Some of her work on bioconjugates was published in J Org Chem 2016, 81, 4353. Dionissia is now carrying out research in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry sponsored by SFI.

Alan Buckley, Nathan Feely, Cian Reid, Joseph Ruddy

Final Year Undergraduate Research Project Students, 2017-18

2017_18 Fourth Years croppedAlan, Nathan, Cian and Joseph are undergraduate students carrying out their final year research projects in the group. They are studying for BSc degrees in Chemistry, or Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry, or Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Their research topics range from synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, organocatalysis, and the development of new organic synthetic methodology.

Former Group Members:

Dr Gary Bradshaw

PhD graduateGary Bradshaw

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). During his PhD Gary worked on catalytic glycosylations. His research was 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. He is now a postdoc in Anita Mattson’s group in Worcester, USA.

Isabel Rivero-Garcia

Isabel Rivero Garcia 2017 secondmentIndustrial Visitor, 2017

Isabel was on secondment with the group as part of an EU-funded collaboration (3DNet). Isabel has worked in Gadea GF for 5 years, mostly in the R&D Dpt., but also in the Validations Dpt, where she spent almost a year validating methods and analyzing the final products and starting materials. Her work has focused on Steroids Chemistry and she has expertise in crystallizing these kind of products and developing methods for UPLC and HPLC.

Ana Sozanschi, Jammah Pugsulingan, Kevin Agnew

Summer Internships 2017

Ana, Jammah and Kevin joined us for Summer placements in the Summer of 2017. They started their final year of their BSc degrees at UCD and TCD in September 2017.

Thomas Headshot croppedThomas Conway

MSc Research Project, Summer 2017

Thomas carried out his research project in the group as part of his MSc in UCD. Thomas carried out research in the area of sulfur ylide chemistry. He is a big fan of St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Fiona Clarke, Alexandra Horan and Saranna Kavanagh

Final Year Undergraduate Research Project Students, 2016-17

AlexFionaSaranna head and shouldersFiona, 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).

Jorge Combarros

jorge-combarrosIndustrial 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.

Isabel Klein

isabelklein2017_croppedVisiting 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.

Gaffney Kapito

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 Mark David from Group Photo inaugural 2016Orla, 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 López

Industrial Visiting Researcher, 2015Jorge Lopez cropped

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.

Catalina Parga

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

Final Year Undergraduates in UCD, 2014-2015Amy Mairead cropped2

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 Ledley

Visiting Student, 2015Andrew Ledley

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.

SandraSemmlerSep2014Sandra Semmler

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.

RonanRonan Crowley

MSc, 2014

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.

Ava1Ava McDonald

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.

amity_wipson_croppedjoshua_binden croppedAmity Wipson and Josh Bindon

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.

Raffael WendeRaffael Wende

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.

Carole EtcheverryCarole

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.

Dr Edward Balmond

PhD, 2014, University of Bristol (jointly supervised with Dr M Carmen Galan)

Bristol Chemical Synthesis DTC

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.

External Collaborations

Prof Peter R SchreinerPeter Schreiner

(University of Giessen)

Schreiner Group Website

Dr M Carmen Galan

(University of Bristol)

Galan Group Website

Dr Craig P Butts

(University of Bristol)

Butts Group Website

Prof Varinder K Aggarwal

(University of Bristol)

Aggarwal Group Website

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Pradip Songara

Final year PhD student in Aggarwal Group

Bristol Chemical Synthesis DTC

M Chem, University of Reading, UK, 2012

Johnathan Matlock

PhD in Aggarwal Group, 2015.

Bristol Chemical Synthesis DTC

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.

paul pringleProf Paul Pringle

(University of Bristol)

Pringle Group Website

Sofia PSofia Papadouli

PhD, 2016 (Pringle Group). Now employed at CatSci Ltd.

Bristol Chemical Synthesis DTC

BSc University of Crete, Greece 2011 including Erasmus internship at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris

Dr Muhammad Yar

(CIIT Lahore, Pakistan)

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