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Group Members

Group Leaders

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Greg Challis

Professor

Lona Alkhalaf

Assistant Professor

Research Fellows

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Arun Gupta with
Prof J. Lewandowski
 
James Duncan with
Prof J. Lewandowski
 
Daniel Van with
Prof P. Stansfeld
 
Alex Mullins
BBSRC Discovery Fellow
(Assistant Professor)
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Xinyun Jian
with Prof M. Cryle
(Monash University)
Chuan Huang
with Prof M. Cryle
(Monash University)
Manasa Bharathwaj
with Prof A. Traven
(Monash University)
Lauren Murray
with Prof M. Cryle
(Monash University)
munro Ehsan fabio Doug Roberts
Munro Passmore
 
Ehsan Faghih Mirzaei
Visiting Researcher
(Kerman University)
Fabio Rodrigues
Visiting Researcher
(Erebagen Ltd)
Doug Roberts
Visiting Researcher
(Erebagen Ltd)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feifei Qi
CSC Research Fellow
(from May 2024)

PhD / MRes / Rotation Students

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Yu Zhang
PhD Student
 
Callum Bullock
PhD Student
 
Mabilly Cox
PhD Student
 
Adam Hunt
PhD student
with Dr C. Corre
Afifah Tasnim matt pledge Emma Coker  Duong 
Afifah Tasnim
PhD Student
with Dr N. Robb
Matt Pledge
PhD Student
with Prof J. Li
Emma Coker
PhD student
Duong Nguyen
PhD Student
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Xiaoqi Ji
PhD student
(from Oct 2024)

Undergraduate Project Students

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Pietra Cerqueira-Diaz
MChem project student
Samitanan Niu
Undergrad project student
(Monash University)
Zhi Yuan Teoh
Undergrad project student
(Monash University)
Aruzhan Bekbolatova
Visiting UG project student
(University of Toronto)

Alumni

Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Dr Francisco Barona-Gomez - currently Associate Professor, Institute of Biology, Leiden University, Netherlands
Dr Sylvie Lautru - currently Group Leader, Microbiology Department, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell, France
Dr Lijiang Song - currently Associate Professor (Reader), Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Xujia Hu - currently Professor, Kunming University of Science and Technology, China
Dr Nadia Kadi - currently Senior R&D Scientist, Pall Corporation, Portsmouth, UK
Dr Christophe Corre - currently Professor of Engineering Biology, School of Life Sciences/Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Daniel Oves-Costales - currently Principal Investigator, Department of Microbiology, Fundacion Medina, Spain
Dr Amael Veyron - currently Coordinateur Pédagogique, Médisup, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), France
Dr Sarah Barry - currently Reader in Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry, King's College London, UK
Dr Orestis Lazos - currently Analyst, PRMA Consulting Ltd, Greece
Dr Zdenek Kamenik - currently Researcher - Team Leader, Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Dr Paulina Sydor - currently Molecular Biology Team Leader, Pure Biologics S.A., Wrocław, Poland
Dr Yuki Inahashi - currently Associate Professor, Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute, Kitasato University, Japan
Dr Matias Rey-Corizo - currently a freelance medical writer in Spain
Dr Vincent Poon - currently Head of Biocatalysis at Hypha Discovery, UK
Dr Emzo de Los Santos - currently Early Solutions Data and Translational Services Lead, UCB Celltech, UK
Dr Joleen Masschelein - currently Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, KU Leuven and Group Leader, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology, Belgium
Dr Matthew Jenner - currently Assistant Professor of Biological Mass Spectrometry and UKRI FLF, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Slawek Potocki - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wrocław University, Poland
Dr Daniel Griffiths - currently Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia
Dr Chang-An Geng - currently Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr Guowei Wang - currently Lecturer, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Dr Daniel Zabala-Alvarez - currently Principal Investigator in Drug Discovery, Faes Farma, Spain
Dr Simone Kosol - currently Research Fellow, TU Berlin, Germany
Dr Yousef Dashti - currently Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Angelo Gallo - currently Researcher Junior, Department of Chemistry, University of Turin, Italy
Dr Hussain Bhukya - currently INSPIRE Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, IISER Tirupati, India
Dr Chris Fage - currently Group Leader, Department of Microbiology, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell, France
Dr Shanshan Zhou - currently Group Leader, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr Douglas Roberts - currently Chief Scientific Officer, Erebagen Ltd, UK
Dr Helen Smith - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof Chris Schofield FRS, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Fang Pang - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof Craig Townsend, Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Dr Jinlian Zhao - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr Zhongke Zhang - currently Assoc Prof, Institute of Medicinal Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, China
Dr Fayrouz Elmaddah - currently a Research Fellow with Prof Harold Gross, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Dr Tianjie Yuan - currently Senior Lecturer, College of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China
Dr Wei Li, currently Assistant Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Science, Kunming Medical University, China
 
PhD Students
Dr Ola Odulate - currently Science Teacher, Hodgehill School, Birmingham, UK
Dr Anna Stanley-Smith - currently Vice President for Projects, Isomerase Therapeutics Ltd, Cambridge, UK
Dr Huaning Zhang - went on to obtain a PhD from the Department of Chemistry, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
Dr Laura Montgomery (nee Walton) - currently Senior Chemist, Peakdale Molecular, UK
Dr Prakash Patel - currently Mathematical Modeller, Cyprotex, Macclesfield, UK
Dr Stuart Haynes - currently Group Leader - Antibody Discovery, Cancer Research Horizons, Cambridge, UK
Dr Paulina Sydor - went on to become a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Challis Group
Dr Malek Zerikly - currently Director Global In-line Marketing Breast Cancer, Pfizer, Germany
Dr Mansoor Ahmad - currently a Science Teacher at Campion School, UK
Dr Nicolas Malet - currently Head, Global Project Team Office, Sanofi, UK
Dr Lauren Ray - currently Senior Principal Scientist I - Synthetic Biology, Syngenta, UK
Dr Joanna Bicz - currently Pharmacy Assistant, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr Lona Alkhalaf - currently Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dr David Withall - currently Research Scientist – Synthetic and Biological Chemistry, Rothamsted Research, UK; co-founder of PheroSyn Ltd
Dr Shanshan Zhou - went on to become a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Challis Group
Dr Gideon Idowu - currently Lecturer in Environmental and Natural Products Chemistry, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria
Dr Jade Ronan (nee Foster) - currently a Science Teacher at Myton School, UK
Dr Daniel Griffiths - went on to become a Research Fellow in the Challis Group at Monash University, Australia
Dr Rebin Salih - currently Lecturer in Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology, Charmo University, Iraq
Dr Joshua Cartwright - currently Business Development Manager, Warwick Innovations, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Xinyun Jian - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Challis Group
Dr Richard Gibson - currently Application Scientist, ThermoFisher, San Jose, USA
Dr Rakesh Saroay - currently Analyst, ICE InsureTech, UK
Dr Marianne Costa - currently CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowship with Yit-Heng Chooi, University of Western Australia
Dr Christian Hobson - currently Senior Scientist and Head of Chemical Development, Willow Biosciences, San Francisco, USA
Dr Chris Perry - currently a freelance artist (https://www.cjperryart.com/aboutLink opens in a new window)
Dr Alma Svatos - currently Lead Scientist, Downstream Processing, Lonza, UK
Dr Matthew Beech - currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof Chris Schofield FRS, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Ruby Awodi - currently Lecturer, Chemistry Department, Confluence University of Science and Technology, Nigeria.
Dr Jacob Sargeant - currently Organic Chemistry Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Ioanna Nakou - currently Research Scientist at Isomerase Therapeutics, Cambridge, UK
Dr Fang Pang - went on to become a Research Fellow in the Challis Group
Dr Helen Smith - went on to become an IAS Early Career Fellow in the Challis Group
Dr Marlene Rothe - currently in the Novartis Early Career Talent Program, Novartis, Switzerland
Dr Rebecca Clayton - currently Chemistry Project Manager, RxCelerate Ltd
Dr Munro Passmore - currently a Research Fellow in the Challis and Dowson groups
 
MRes / Honours Students
Charles Hinchliffe - currently working for the Health and Safety Executive
Thanura Da Silva
 
Project Students
Ursula Wong - went on to obtain a PhD with Dr R. Cox, the Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
Sarah Hubbard - went on to obtain a PhD with Prof. C. Bertozzi, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkley, USA
Louisa Robinson - currently Senior Research Chemist, Syngenta, Jealotts Hill, UK
Ryan De Vooght Johnson - went to become Purification Analyst at Tripos Discovery Research, UK
Anna Stanley - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Matt Finerty - went on to obtain a PhD with Prof. M. Shipman, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Emma Wynne (nee Morris) - currently Research Scientist, Cancer Research Technology Limited, UK
Laura Walton - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Nathalie Argentieri
Lianne Bailey
Rob Phayer
Chander Kant
Nicolas Malet - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Charles Manville - went on to obtain a PhD with Prof. M. Wills , Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Simon Arbache - went on to become Regulatory Chemist at Amega Sciences PLC
Greg Iacobini - went on to obtain a PhD with Prof. M. Shipman, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK
Dimitrios Bahmpakakis - went on to work at Pfizer
Melanie Whitehead - went on to study medicine at the University of Warwick, UK
Stephanie Brooks - went on to study medicine at the University of Birmingham, UK
Jennifer Stockwell - went on to be a PhD student, Department of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK
Raj Bhalla
David Withall - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Valerie Yeo - went on to become Development and Process Executive, SIA, Singapore
Rhiannon Howe - currently working for British Land
Josh Cartwright - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Jade Foster - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Sam Drane - currently a Process Chemist at AstraZeneca, Macclesfield
Richard Belmega - currently Senior Data Analyst at HM Revenue & Customs
Marianne Costa - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Chris Perry - went on to become a Challis group PhD student
Sam Kidman - went on to become a PhD student at the University of Cambridge
Matt Beech - currently a Challis group PhD student
Panward Prasongpholchai - currently a PhD student at the University of Warwick with Dr Manuela Tosin
Hannah Pugh - currently a PhD student at the University of Birmingham with Laura Piddock
Patrick Capel - currently a PhD student at the Oxford/Bristol/Warwick EPRSC CDT in Synthetic Biology
Jacob Sargeant - currently a PhD student in the Challis group
Helen Smith - currently a PhD student in the Challis group
Daniel Bahia - currently Business Manager and co-founder PheroSyn Ltd
Rebecca Clayton - currently a PhD student in the Challis group
Daniel Wicks - currently a Technology Consulting Analyst at Accenture
Caitlin Heffernan - currently New Product Introduction Technologist at GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Kristof Bolhuis - currently a PhD student at University of Southampton with Dr Sam Thompson
Serban Florea
Alexis Juteau
Stan Green - currently working at Aptuit, UK
Christina Ramming - currently a Masters student at FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg
Sacha Charlton - currently a PhD student at the University of Bristol with Prof Chris Willis
Valeriia Nadmitova - currently working at Oncologica UK Ltd
Callum Bullock - currently a PhD student in the Challis group
Diana Racovita - currently working at Reading Scientific Services Ltd
Shing Liu - currently Data Engineer, Kubrick Group
Thanura Da Silva - went on to be an Honours student in the Challis group
Emma Corradini
Amrit Gill - currently studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, UK
Kelly To - currently Associate Recruitment Consultant at
Ore Oloke - currently working in the Synthetic Biochemistry Group at GlaxoSmithKline, UK
 
Visitors
Dr Shinya Kodani - Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan
Ms Luisa Laureti - PhD student, Universite Henri Poincare, France
Ms Sylwia Bialek - PhD student, Leiden University, Netherlands
Dr Olapeju Aiyelaagbe - Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Ms Carol Amaya Viviana Gomez - PhD student, University of Granada, Spain
Dr Peter Rutledge - Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney
Ms Joleen Masschelein - PhD student, KU Leuven, Belgium
Dr Irina Khilyas - Assistant Professor, Kazan Federal University, Russia
Ms Felaine Sumang - Research Associate, University of the Philippines
Ms Keeley Miller - BSc student, Monash University, Australia
Ms Nesrine Bali - MSc student, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Ms Barbara Terlouw - PhD student, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Nathalie Carbonara - undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada
Mr Zhijie Yang - PhD student DTU, Denmark
Ms Sarah Sonnenberg - MSc Student, TU Dresden, Germany