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Jitka Pracharova

Hi, my name is Jitka Pracharova. I’m from Czech Republic and just recently joined the Sadler group as a visiting research fellow.

I completed my PhD aimed at the role of DNA modifications by metal complexes in cancer therapy in 2013. Currently, I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biophysics, Centre of the Region Hana for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research, Palacky University in Olomouc. The main purpose of my work is to study mechanism of anticancer activity of conventional metallodrugs and also of newly developed metal based compounds at the molecular and cellular levels. I also participate in teaching at the Department of Biophysics. The supervision of students working on their diploma thesis in the field of biophysics belongs to a significant parts of my job.

Outside the lab I enjoy traveling and canoeing! I also love kynology and animals in general.

My office is C409 at the Department of Chemistry. Please feel free to talk to me!

Started January


Xinyun Jian

Hi, I am Xinyun Jian. I have just become a postdoc in the Challis group where I finished the PhD study recently. I have been and will continue to work on the discovery, biosynthesis and engineering of microbial natural products which have promising bioactivity.

Outside of lab I enjoy cooking, love plants and traveling around. Recently, I started to get interested in bouldering as well.

My office is B109 and I also work in the lab B 110. Please feel free to come to say hi.

Started January


Sam Walton

Hello my name is Sam, you probably all know who I am already but if not my Administrative Assistant position has been made permanent so you are stuck with me!

I have had a varied work life starting with dancing on cruise ships going through working in hospitality and tourism and finally ending up in Education. I have enjoyed most of my jobs and am thoroughly enjoying working here at UoW.

Outside of work I enjoy food! I like cooking and baking and enjoy going to restaurants and trying new recipes etc, so you can imagine I am in heaven working in an office with Dianne and all her fabulous bakes. I also perform with Three Spires Guildhall which is an amateur Musical Society. This has allowed to continue performing and also create some great friendships.

I am located in room C509 on the fifth floor if you wanted to come and say hello, or just grab some sweets, be warned though I can certainly chat a lot!

Started December


Vijyesh Vyas

Namaste everyone!!! I am Vijyesh, to avoid tongue twisting you can probably call me Vijay. I work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Wills group. I joined here as Newton International Fellow. I recently completed my PhD from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (India), where I worked on ruthenium catalyzed asymmetric transfer hydrogenation and shifted my interest to less toxic and inexpensive iron catalyst for my postdoctoral research.

Outside the lab I enjoy playing cricket, listening to classical music, travelling and enjoying delicacies from various corners of the world. I enjoy hanging out with my friends. I am vegetarian and I also like cooking in my spare time if available!!

My office is C412. Most of the time you can find me in my lab coat working in lab C422. Please feel free to come and have a chat with me.

Started December


Panagiotis Georgiou

Hello everyone. My name is Panagiotis Georgiou and I have just joined the Gibson group as a Marie-Curie, Early Stage Researcher-PhD student. I recently completed my M.Res. course here at the University of Warwick working for a year with the O’Reilly group designing some novel nanomaterials for bio-related applications. Before I moved to the UK, I studied Chemistry with a specialization in Biological Chemistry at the University of Cyprus, where I come from.

Outside work I really enjoy reading (especially science-related stuff) and doing some traveling when possible. You will probably find me in MAS building where my group is based, either on the third floor or doing some science on the first floor.

Started December


Samantha Lau

Hello, my name is Samantha Lau. I have recently joined the Chaplin research group as a postdoc investigating rhodium and iridium complexes of phosphine-based macrocyclic and interlocked ligands.

I completed my PhD this year at Imperial College London investigating carbon–oxygen bond activation and small molecule activation using a ruthenium bis(dinitrogen) complex.

In my spare time you may find me cycling around Coventry and cursing the state of the roads in UK, enjoying a dram of whiskey with some cheese or losing at the weekly postgrad quiz at The Duck! I can be found either in my office at C310 or in my lab coat in C302.

Started October


Dana Druka

Hi! I’m Dana Druka and I have joined the electrochemistry and interfaces group (WEIG) as a research assistant working on electrochemical sensors.

I recently graduated with an MChem from Aberdeen University. My projects from my undergrad have been on synthetic, analytical and natural product chemistry. I am relatively new to research, but looking forward to being part of a great team!

Outside the lab I enjoy mountain sports, cooking and traveling! My office is C105 in the chemistry building. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Started November


Remzi Becer

Hi again! I’m Remzi Becer and joining Warwick Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry from January 2019. I have completed my PhD in Eindhoven (2009) and worked at Warwick Chemistry as a Marie Curie Fellow and then Science City Fellow from 2009-2013. Then, I moved to Queen Mary University of London as a Senior Lecturer in Material Science (2013-2018) and set up the Polymer Chemistry Laboratory. By January 2019, we will be moving our laboratory to Warwick and 4 of my PhD students will be joining as well.

I like science in general, history of knowledge and data storage, spending time with my students, and playing squash/football/basketball.

Becer Research Group will be located on the third floor labs and please come and say hi to us either in the lab or in my office C502. You can also follow us on Twitter @remzibecer or from our group webpage

Starting January


Berk Onat

Hi, my name is Berk Onat. I am a postdoc and I have recently joined Dr Gabriele Sosso’s group ( at Chemistry. I will be working on developing codes to determine the voids between molecules and I will use molecular dynamics simulations for modelling molecules and their interactions with the surrounding environment.

I have my PhD in Computational Science and Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Since I joined University of Warwick as a postdoc in Dr James Kermode’s group at Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (WCPM) last year, I have been working at School of Engineering. My recent works at WCPM before joining my current group was on big-data analytics and development of tools in novel materials discovery (NOMAD) lab ( I had several postdoctoral experiences before joining the University and one of them was a postdoctoral research at Harvard University, Cambridge, United States. In this recent work, I have developed the implanted neural networks (INN) to represent the potential energy surface of Li-Si alloys for Li-ion battery applications.

Outside office, I enjoy watching movies, hiking, reading, and travelling.

I work at School of Engineering, D215 but you can always find me at our group’s base Chemistry G Block and please also check G209. Feel free to drop by anytime and say hi!

Started November


Arun Gupta

Hiya!!! I’m Arun Gupta and I have recently joined as a Research Fellow in the Jozef Lewandowski & Greg Challis Group.

Started my research journey during my stint at Zydus Research Centre, Cadila Healthcare (India) synthesizing Novel Chemical Entities (NCEs) after completion of my Master’s degree. Received my PhD at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) focussing on “Characterization of Protein-protein interaction for S100 class of proteins”. Then moved to the lab of Magnus-Wolf-Watz at Umea University (Sweden) for studying the “Role of protein dynamics during protein-protein interactions (PPIs)”. During my recent tenure with Julien Michel at University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) employed “Integrated Molecular Simulation and NMR approach for ensemble based drug design” for discovering potential drug candidates. In the nutshell, I have diverse range of experience working at the interface of the inter-disciplinary research fields of Molecular Biophysics, Structural Biology, Protein Biochemistry & Medicinal Chemistry.

When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy playing badminton or volleyball, watching Bollywood movies, and reading classic short stories or novels.

I am currently based at Millburn House in F16 but you will most likely to find me also in Chemical Biology & High Field Instruments facility (MAS 1.08).

Please feel free to pop around to say hi!!!

Started November


Nat das Neves Rodrigues Lopes

Hello everyone, my name is Nat and I was a PhD student in the Stavros group (down in the laser dungeon) until September 2018. After a few months working as an Academic Developer with the university’s learning and development centre (part-time since October 2017), I became an IAS/IATL Early Career Fellow: currently I divide my time between carrying on with my PhD research on ultrafast laser spectroscopy (with the support of the Institute for Advanced Studies, IAS) and innovative and interdisciplinary teaching with the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, IATL.

In terms of research, my interests lie in the molecular events taking place immediately after absorption of radiation (within 10-15 – 10-12 seconds). During my PhD I focused on sunscreen molecules as my ‘case studies’, having produced a thesis which focuses on obtaining a comprehensive understanding of sunscreen ultrafast photodynamics in order to inform the targeted design of sunscreen molecules which are tailored for optimum photoprotection.

When it comes to teaching, I am interested in helping students reach their full potential in the broadest sense. Not only do I invest my time and effort into giving them the tools to be the critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future, with all the discipline-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge they can gather, but I am also interested in creating spaces where they can better understand themselves, their objectives, their strengths and weaknesses, so that they face life and the job market as well-rounded individuals and professionals.

In my spare time, I’ve recently become interested in reading about the philosophy and history of science, as well as the problematic of the broken bridge between academia and the general public, and how we fix that bridge with public engagement initiatives. Now that the process of thesis and viva is done I’ve also become more active again, with some swimming, running and ‘gyming’. I enjoy writing, theatre and… sleep. Sleep is nice.

I am always happy to chat about any of these and other topics. You can find me in my Chemistry office/lab E0.11a (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays), in the IATL office in Senate House (Wednesdays) or in the IAS in Millburn House (Thursdays). If I’m not in any of these places I am likely teaching in the undergraduate labs. If all else fails, feel free to e-mail me and we can arrange a meeting!

Started November


Despina Coursari

Hello!! I am Despina Coursari and I have recently joined the Polymer Research Technology Platform (RTP) as a research technician.

I was introduced to the polymer world last April during my Master’s research project in the Haddleton group where I was analysing novel personal care materials in collaboration with Unilever. Now as part of my job I provide technical and analytical support for the GPC/SEC and thermal analysis labs. Specifically I am in charge of admin support, instrument maintenance, preparing and running industrial samples and training new users. I am currently based in office C210 on the 2nd floor of the Chemistry department.

Before my MSc in Analytical Science and Instrumentation at the University of Warwick, I had obtained my undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a specialisation in Food and Environmental Chemistry from the University of Cyprus, in my home country.

As for interests; I like playing the piano, watching movies and series and I recently joined the argentine tango society here at the university!

Started November