Synthetic organic chemistry @ Queen's University, Belfast
Originally from Bangor, Co. Down, Peter moved to Downing College, Cambridge in 2004 to study Natural Sciences, where he undertook a Master's project under the supervision of Professor Martin D. Smith investigating cascade approaches to bicyclic alkaloid natural products. In 2008, Peter moved to University College, Oxford with Professor Smith to commence a DPhil., developing chiral counter-ion directed asymmetric electrocyclic reactions. His postdoctoral studies were also in Oxford, where he joined the lab of Professor Andrew D. Hamilton FRS. His work for Professor Hamilton included developing novel monomeric and oligomeric molecular switches, and the synthesis of α-helix and β-sheet secondary structural mimics as therapeutic agents to intercept protein-protein interactions. At the same time Peter was appointed as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in University College, Oxford.
In 2016 Peter was appointed to the faculty at Queen's University, Belfast, where his research interests lie in the application of synthetic chemistry to tackle challenging problems involving molecular recognition including catalysis, synthesis and chemical biology.
Zac grew up in Dromore, Co. Down, and is currently in the final year of an MSci degree in Chemistry at Queen's. For his Master's project, he is working toward the synthesis of foldamer analogues of protein tertiary structures. During his degree, Zac completed a twelve-month placement at AstraZeneca in their process chemistry department based in Macclesfield, England. He also spent two summer holidays during his degree working for Prof. Andrew Mills at QUB in the areas of redox catalysis and semiconductor photocatalysis. Outside of chemistry, Zac enjoy drumming, travelling, and binge-watching Netflix series.
Ryan hails from Glengormley, Co. Antrim. After spending a placement year at Randox Laboratories in Crumlin, Co. Antrim, Ryan returned to Queen's this year to focus his research interests on catalytic asymmetric synthesis in the Knipe lab. In his free time Ryan is a competitive long-distance runner, enjoys travelling and really enjoys catching up on any current TV series/films.
Leo was born in Deddington, Oxfordshire in 2016 and joined the Knipe research group soon thereafter.
His main interests are in sleeping, chasing anything that moves, and enantioselective methods for the construction of all-carbon quaternary stereogenic centres.