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Academic History


Nov 2015-: Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry.

Nov 2010-Oct 2015: Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry.

Nov 2008- Sept 2010: Herchel-Smith Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry (in the laboratories of Prof. Peter F. Leadlay).

Nov 2006- Oct 2008: Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry (in the laboratories of Dr Jonathan B. Spencer).

May 2005- Sept 2006: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry (under the supervision of Dr Jonathan B. Spencer).

May-Dec 2004: Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Dublin, Department of Chemistry and of Veterinary Biochemistry (under the supervision of Prof Paul V. Murphy).

Jan 2001-Apr 2004: PhD in Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland (supervisor: Prof Paul V. Murphy)

Oct 1994–Sept 2000: Laurea (Master Degree) in Chemistry. Final result: 110/110 with distinction. Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy. Three months (Sept-Dec.1998) spent at University College Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Erasmus research programme.


Awards

2008 Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship

2008 RSC meeting 'The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products' (Bristol) - best lecture prize

2006 Marie-Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowship

2004 Royal Irish Academy Prize for Young Chemists 2004 (most outstanding Irish Ph.D. thesis in chemical sciences)

2003 BOC Gases Postgraduate Research Bursary

2002 Irish Research Council for Science and Technology Postgraduate Research Scholarship


Lectures given at international conferences:

2016 NPRONET community meeting, Manchester, UK, 25th-26th October, 'Chemical Capture and Functionalisation of Natural Product Intermediates: Biosynthetic Insights and Novel Opportunities'

2015 1st COST CM1407 meeting, Rome, Italy, 5th-6th October, 'Chemical Probes for the Functionalisation of Polyketide Intermediates: Towards Novel ‘Unnatural’ Products'.

2015 2nd European Conference on Natural Products, Frankfurt, Germany, 6th-9th September, 'Chemical Probes for the Capture and Functionalisation of Polyketide Intermediates: Biosynthetic Insights and Novel Opportunities'.

2014 ISBA'17- XVII International Symposium on the Biology of Actinomycetes, Kusadasi, Turkey, 8th-12th October, 'Chemical probes for the functionalization of polyketide intermediates: towards novel unnatural products'.  

2013 TFOC- Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium, Kloster on Seeon, Germany, August 8th-11th, 'Synthetic probes for the investigation of polyketide biosynthesis'.

2013 ISACS11- Challenges in Chemical Biology, Boston MIT, USA, July 23rd -27th, ‘Novel Chemical Probes for the Investigation of Polyketide Biosynthesis in vivo’.

2012 Directing Biosynthesis III, Nottingham, UK, Sept 19th-21st, 'Synthetic Probes for the Investigation of Polyketide Biosynthesis'

2012 ESBOC 2012- The Chemistry and Biology of Antibiotics, Gregynog, Wales, May 18th-20th, 'Synthetic Tools for the Investigation of Polyketide Antibiotic Biosynthesis'

2011 ISACS5- Challenges in Chemical Biology, Manchester, UK, July 26th-29th, ‘Synthetic Tools for the Investigation and the Exploitation of Polyketide Biosynthesis’.

2010 EMBO Chemical Biology, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, September 22nd-25th, ‘Synthetic Tools for the Investigation and the Exploitation of Polyketide Biosynthesis’.

2010 Trends in Enzymology, Ascona, Switzerland, June 13th-17th, ‘Synthetic Chain Terminators as a Tool to Off-load Intermediates from Polyketide Synthases’.