Group Members


Postdoctoral Fellows

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Dr Raju Jannapureddy (India)
Raju was born in India and obtained his PhD from the University of Hyderabad, India in 2008. He then started his postdoctoral research in August 2008 at the National Taiwan Normal University before moving onto the Kyoto Pharmaceutical University as a JSPS fellow. In January 2013, he joined the Davies Group as a Marie Curie fellow. Outside the lab Raju likes jogging, watching movies and spending time with his family and friends.

PhD Students:


Elsa Martínez Arce (Spain)
Elsa was born in Barcelona, where she completed her masters degree in the University Autonoma of Barcelona. She undertook her major research project in the Research Unit of Asymmetric Synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Antoni Riera Escale, investigating new bidentate phosphine ligands for the catalytic asymmetric Pauson-Khand reaction. In her spare time, Elsa enjoys playing volleyball and painting.


Matthew Ball (UK)
Matt completed an MChem degree at the University of Reading, and graduated at the top of the year group. His final year project, with supervisor Dr Andy Russell, involved the synthesis of substituted phenols and the analysis of their ability to undergo a meta-photocycloaddition reaction. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the piano, and cooking.


Onyeka Obumselu (Nigeria)
Onyeka joined the group in April 2013. He obtained his Bachelors degree at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He also completed his Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university in 2010. Onyeka enjoys short races and listening to music.


Miguel Garzón Sanz (Spain)
Miguel was born in Madrid (Spain). He studied Chemistry in the University Complutense of Madrid where he undertook his final year project under the supervision of Prof. Maria Josefa Ortiz Garcia on the design and synthesis of new fluorescent dyes (BODIPY) with optical and biomedical applications. In his spare time Miguel enjoys playing squash and reading.


Joshua Priest (UK)
Josh did his MChem at Loughborough University. His major research project, under the supervision of Dr Marc Kimber, concerned the asymmetric synthesis of γ-butyrolactones. For this work Josh was awarded 1st prize at the Midlands SCI undergraduate conference and the Loughborough MChem prize. Outside of the lab Josh plays the guitar and generally beats the rest of the group at pool.


Elli Chatzopoulou (Greece)
Elli joined the group in September 2011. She studied for her bachelor degree at the University of Athens where she graduated at the top of the year. This included an undergraduate project in sugar chemistry.  During her spare time, Elli loves latin dancing and cooking.

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Andy completed his MSci at the University of Birmingham in 2011 where he undertook his final year project under the supervision of Prof. Mike Hannon on the synthesis of rhenium complexes for use as luminescent probes for steroid receptors. Upon graduating Andy received the Alfred Bader prize for the best student going on to undertake research in organic chemistry. Andy enjoys running and plays with a local brass band.


Matthew Barrett (UK)
Matt is undertaking a joint project between the Davies and Graingergroups at the University of Birmingham. He completed his Master of Chemistry degree in 2011 at the University of Southampton which included a 6 month 4th year placement at Key Organics in Cornwall carrying out synthetic organic chemistry. In his spare time Matt really enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking as well as caving and loves to explore new places.


Holly Adcock (UK)
Holly read for her MSci degree at the University of Birmingham; between her third and fourth year she completed a summer project with Dr. Richard Grainger with whom she also completed her MSci research project on sulfenic acids for oxathiane synthesis. She received the Alfred Bader prize for work in organic chemistry on graduation. After travelling she decided to return to Birmingham to begin a PhD in the Davies group in December 2010 and is really enjoying the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people. Outside of university Holly enjoys climbing and watching live music.


Michel-Franck Boissonnet (France)
Michel-Franck was born in Valence (France) in 1986. He obtained his Masters degree in organic chemistry at the University of Grenoble in 2010, with a thesis on photo-oxidation using diruthenium complexes, under the supervision of Dr. Olivier Hamelin. He then joined the Davies group as a PhD student exploring weak interactions in catalysis in a joint project with Dr Jim Tucker. Michel is a keen Didgeridoo performer who in his spare time likes mountains and enjoys arts.

MSc Student:


Fatima Khan (UK)
Fatima completed a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham where she undertook a final year literature project with Paul analysing the contribution to chemistry of Prof. RB Woodward. She is currently undertaking a joint MSc project with the Davies and Graingergroups investigating gold catalysed reactions of alkynylsulfoxides. She enjoys painting, baking, carpentry and the company of cats.

MSci Students:

 Tzu Hui (Max)

Josh Farndon

Jay Wright


Previous Members

Previous Members:

PhD Students

Dr Tom Baker Dr Parmjit Heer Dr Alex Cremonesi
Dr Christelle Detty-Mambo Dr Nicolas Martin  

Post Docs

Dr Fernando Sanchez-Cantalejo Dr Mickael Dos Santos Dr Sebastian Albrecht
Dr Estelle Banaszak    

Visiting Scientists

Denise Meyer Ana Sanjuan Thomas Mietke
Dr Lidia Dumitrescu Giulio Assanelli  

MSci Students

Matthew Gray Kim Koell-Keith Matthew Crane
Graziella Dragomir Harry Shrives Glenn Ward
Bill Spencer Jon Kedge Lee Beasmore