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.
Ana I. Oliveira Almeida (Portugal)
Ana completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Aveiro. During her Bachelor’s research project, she investigated the Synthesis of Novel Benzoporphyrin derivatives with potential application in antimicrobial photodynamic therapy. She obtained her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and Synthesis of Natural Products in the University of Aveiro. In her final year she worked as a MedChem intern in Hoffmann La-Roche in Basel, Switzerland. During that time, she completed her research final project under the supervision of Dr. Thomas J. Woltering, involving the synthesis of novel tricyclic scaffolds by [2+2]-photocycloaddition. In her spare time, Ana enjoys playing badminton and reading. Ana is now undertaking a joint PhD project between the Davies and Peacock groups in Birmingham.
Mat completed his MSci degree at the University of Birmingham, which included a research project within the Davies group revolving around the insertion of temporary tethers into a gold catalysed cascade reaction, for which he received the Alfred Bader award. Outside of the lab, Mat enjoys travelling and being active.
Laura Hamouche (France)
Laura completed her Masters degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maine. She undertook her final research project under the supervision of Dr. Graeme Kay, on the evaluation of the antioxidant potential of a library of cysteamine analogues, in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at the Robert Gordon University (Scotland). In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking and traveling.
Paige Rist (UK)