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Prof. Mike Shipman

Professor of Synthetic Chemistry

Mike Shipman is a synthetic chemist who has taught and undertaken research in the field of organic chemistry for over 25 years. He was educated at Imperial College London and undertook postdoctoral studies at Colorado State University, USA under a NATO Fellowship. He held academic positions at the Universities of Loughborough and Exeter before joining the University of Warwick in 2003.

Currently, he also serves as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) with responsibility for the academic leadership of the University's international strategy.

PA Fiona Slater


M dot Shipman at warwick dot ac dot uk

024 765 73380

Office G204

Dr Mike Shipman Research Group

My office hours are Friday

Groups at Warwick


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry


  • 2003-, Professor of Synthetic Chemistry, University of Warwick
  • 2015-2019, Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine, University of Warwick
  • 2010-2014, Head of Department, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
  • 1996-2003, Senior Lecturer then Reader in Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Exeter
  • 1992-1996, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University
  • 1990-1992, SERC/NATO Postdoctoral fellow, Colorado State University, USA
  • 1987-1990, Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London under the direction of Professor William B. Motherwell, FRS
  • 1984-1987, BSc from Imperial College, London


The chemical synthesis of functional organic molecules underpins many key advances in human medicine, crop protection, biotechnology, and material science. Hence, the development of efficient, cost-effective routes to carbon-based molecules is an important, contemporary scientific challenge. Work in the Shipman Group is focused on the development of new methods for the construction of organic compounds alongside a variety of application-driven projects. We are especially interested in new uses of heterocycles in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and peptide science.

Mike supervises a variety of undergraduate research projects (MChem, BSc), URSS placements and exchange visitors.

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Conor Dean, New sp3-rich heterocyclic scaffolds for drug discovery
  • George Saunders, Synthesis and Uses of Oxetane Modified Cyclic Peptides

I am always interested to receive applications from potential PhD and Postdoctoral candidates via email

Selected Publications
  • Readily Accessible sp3-Rich Cyclic Hydrazine Frameworks Exploiting Nitrogen Fluxionality, Dean, C.; Rajkumar, S.; Roesner, S.; Carson, N.; Clarkson, G. J.; Wills M.; Jones, M.; Shipman, M. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 1636-1642.
  • Macrocyclisation of Small Peptides Enabled by Oxetane Incorporation, S. Roesner, S.; G. J. Saunders, I. Wilkening, E. Jayawant, J. V. Geden, P. Kerby, A. M. Dixon, R. Notman, M. Shipman, Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 2465–2472.
  • Phyllostictine A: Total Synthesis, Structural Verification and Determination of Substructure Responsible for Plant Growth Inhibition, M. Riemer, V. V. Uzunova, N. Riemer, G. J. Clarkson, N. Pereira, R. Napier, M. Shipman, Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 7211–7214.
  • Solid-Phase Synthesis of Oxetane Modified Peptides, J. D. Beadle, A. Knuhtsen, A. Hoose, P. Raubo, A. G. Jamieson, M. Shipman, Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 3303–3306.
  • Functionalisation of Alkenes Through Telescoped Continuous Flow Aziridination Processes, N. Hsueh, G. J. Clarkson, M. Shipman, Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 4908–4911.