Young Investigators Workshop : Participants

Marseille, July 4 - 6, 2013

The list of participants will be updated when the collaborating chemical societies have selected them.
Moreover, several senior  members of the EUCHEMS along with a handful of young and talented scientists working in the chemical industry will also join the workshop.
(please follow the links on names)

Akin Akdag Stellios Arseniyadis Laure Bouchez Robert Britton
Constantin Czekelius Patrik Eklund Mate Erdelyi Matthew Fuchter
Savvas Georgiades Dennis Gillingham
Toma Glasnov
Syuzana Harutyunyan
Jianhui Huang
Igor Jerkovic Aigars Jirgensons Rafal Klajn
Olivier Loiseleur Wouter Maes Eoghan McGarrigle
Eduarda Marlene
Peixoto da Silva
E. James Petersson Michael Pittelkow Didier Schils Alexandr Shafir
Alba Silipo Vladimir Sindelar Magne O. Sydnes Uttam Krishnan Tambar
Georgios Vougioukalakis
           
               



Akin Akdag
(Turke y)
aakdag@metu.edu.tr

Akın Akdağ was born in Malatya, Turkey, in 1975.
He received BS (1997) and MS (1999) degrees in Chemistry from Middle East Technical University. 
He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University under supervision of Prof. Stewart W. Schneller in 2005. During his Ph.D. studies, he worked on synthesis and conformational analysis of purine nucleoside analogues. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked with Prof. S.D. Worley on biocidal polymers and quantum mechanical calculation for N-Halamines as a post-doctoral fellow. He then took another position under Prof. Josef Michl at University of Colorado at Boulder as a Post-doctoral research associate. He worked on synthesis and calculation of singlet fission exhibiting compounds, carboranes and lithium catalyzed polymerization reactions at Colorado.
Since December 2012, he has been an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Middle East Technical University. His research interests are in the line of Physical Organic Chemistry and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.  



Stellios Arseniyadis
(France)

stellios.arseniyadis@espci.fr
Stellios was born in Athens, Greece, in 1975 and studied chemistry at the Université d’Orsay-Paris XI and the Université René Descartes-Paris V.
In 1999, he moved to Strasbourg were he started his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. C. Mioskowski at the Université Louis Pasteur.
In 2001, he joined Rhodia Chirex Inc. (Boston, USA) for an 18 months compulsory military service during which he worked on various palladium- and copper-catalyzed aryl bond formation processes in collaboration with Professor S. L. Buchwald (MIT).
After a first postdoc with Professor A. C. Spivey at Imperial College (London, UK) working in the field of asymmetric organocatalysis, he joined Professor K. C. Nicolaou’s group at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) to work on the synthesis of new epothilone B analogues and on the total synthesis of vannusal A.
Since 2005, he holds a permanent CNRS researcher position in the group of Professor J. Cossy (Paris, France) where his research interests include the development of new synthetic methods and their application to natural product synthesis.



Laure Bouchez
(Novartis, Basel)
laure.bouchez@novartis.com

I am currently a research investigator at NIBR Basel working at the interface between chemistry and biology. My team is mainly focused in finding/synthesizing chemical modulators (small molecules, natural products, miRNA, proteins, small peptides…) that regulate signaling pathways involved in cell fate determination and reprogramming of adult stem cells. My Ph.D. thesis was completed November 2004 at the EPF-Lausanne under the direction of Professor Pierre Vogel. My doctoral studies were concerned with the development of novel methods for C-C bond formation, based on the unusual chemistry of sulfur dioxide. These new reactions were subsequently applied to the formal total synthesis of the polyene fragment of apoptolidinone and the triene unit of restricticin. On completion of my thesis I joined, as a post-doctoral fellow, the group of Professor Alois Fürstner at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. My work represents the first conquest of the exceptionally potent cytotoxic agent amphidinolide H and its analogues, amphidinolide G, B1, B4 and revised H2. I then joined the laboratory of Professor Peter G. Schultz, at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (CA, USA). I worked in collaboration with the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation on primary CD34+ human Hematopoietic Stem cells (HSC’s) to identify novel regulator of cell fate.



Robert Britton
(Canada
)
rbritton@sfu.ca

Robert Britton obtained his B. Sc. from Waterloo working with Professor Victor Snieckus, and his Ph. D. in natural product isolation, structural elucidation, and total synthesis from the University of British Columbia with Professors Edward Piers and Raymond Anderson.

He spent two years at Cambridge with Professor Ian Paterson as an NSERC PDF then joined the Process Research Group at Merck as a Senior Scientist before starting an independent career at SFU.
He is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar and his interests lie in the concise synthesis of structurally and stereochemically complex natural products.



Constantin Czekelius
(Germany)

cczekelichemie.fu-berlin.de

Constantin Czekelius was born in Germany in 1974.

After graduating in chemistry in 2000 at ETH Zurich, he earned a PhD degree under the supervision of Erick M. Carreira in 2004 focusing on the enantioselective catalytic reduction of nitroalkenes and the synthesis of chiral bidentate carbene ligands.
From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a postdoctoral student at MIT in the group of Richard R. Schrock before becoming an independent research group leader at the Freie Universität Berlin.

His research interests include the development of enantioselective, catalytic methods for the heterofunctionalization of unsaturated hydrocarbons and the synthesis of novel functional materials.



Patrik Eklund
(Finland)

paeklund@abo.fi

Patrik Eklund was born in Ekenäs, Finland in 1974. He obtained his master degree in chemistry from Åbo Akademi University in 2000.
Following this he worked for Hormos Medical Ltd. for a short period.
In 2002 he started his PhD-studies under the supervision of Prof. Rainer Sjöholm at Åbo Akademi University.
He completed his PhD in 2005 in the field of synthetic modification of the natural products and continued as a research fellow and lecturer until 2006 when he was appointed as a senior lecturer in organic chemistry at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Åbo Akademi University.  
In 2009 he was appointed as an adjunct professor in organic synthesis and natural product chemistry. His current research is focused on natural product synthesis, semi-synthesis of anticancer agents, drug discovery, and structural determination and chemical modification of non-cellulosic natural polysaccharides


Mate Erdelyi
(Sweden)
 mate@chem.gu.se

Máté Erdélyi graduated at Semmelweis University, Hungary, and obtained his PhD in organic chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Adolf Gogoll (Uppsala University, Sweden, 2004).

After postdoctoral research in physical organic chemistry with Prof. Charles L. Perrin (University of California, USA), he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany) to learn NMR spectroscopy from Prof. Christian Griesinger.
Following an additional postdoctoral project within structural biology under the mentorship of Prof. Teresa Carlomagno, year 2008 he initiated his independent career at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

His current research interests broadly encompass weak chemical interactions, with a particular focus on the solution NMR spectroscopic investigation of halogen bonding in chemical and biological systems. [http://halogenbond.weebly.com/]



Matthew Fuchter
(UK)
m.fuchter@imperial.ac.uk
Matthew Fuchter obtained his first class honours degree in Chemistry (MSci) from the University of Bristol in 2002, where he was awarded the Richard N. Dixon prize.
In January 2006 he completed his PhD research under the supervision of Professor A. G. M. Barrett, FRS FMedSci at Imperial College London. Following a short spell as a Research Associate at Imperial College, he was appointed as a CSIRO Research Fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia as well as a visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he worked with Professor A. B Holmes, FRS.
From August 2007 he was the RCUK Academic Fellow in Cancer Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, and in July 2008 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry at Imperial College London.
He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in July 2012. In addition to his Senior Lectureship, he is co-Director of an MRes course in Drug Discovery, a Managerial Board member and Senior Investigator of an Imperial anti-cancer drug discovery group (CD3) and a Research Board member of the Institute of Chemical Biology. The key aim of the Fuchter Group is to use expertise in chemical synthesis to impact molecular science in chemistry, biology and materials, and as such covers a wide range of interests. These include novel synthetic methodology, natural product synthesis, chirality, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, and materials science.


Savvas Georgiades
Cyprus
georgiades.savvas@ucy.ac.cy

Savvas N. Georgiades was born in Nicosia (1977). He obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from University of Cyprus (2001), and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry/Chemical Biology from Harvard University (2006).

After postdoctoral appointments at the Scripps Research Institute-California (Synthetic Organic Chemistry, (2006-2007) and Imperial College London (Chemical Biology, 2007-2010), Savvas worked for one year as Lecturer in Pharmacy and Chemistry at Kingston University (UK), before joining University of Cyprus as Lecturer in August 2011.
His current research interests include: (a) Synthesis and biological evaluation of small-molecule modulators of cellular signaling pathways, relevant to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases; (b) Development of new DNA G-quadruplex binders as a basis for new anti-cancer treatments; (c) Development of novel synthetic methodologies.



Dennis Gillingham
(Switzerland)

dennis.gillingham@unibas.ch

Dennis Gillingham was born in Newfoundland, Canada.
He studied at the Memorial University of Newfoundland with Graham Bodwell, receiving a BSc in 2001.

After completing a PhD at Boston College with Amir Hoveyda, he moved to the ETH Zürich as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow in Don Hilvert’s lab.

In November 2010 he took up his current position as an assistant professor at the University of Basel. His research interests broadly encompass new synthetic methods, but with a particular focus on the chemistry of nucleic acids.



Toma Glasnov
( Austria)

 toma.glasnov@uni-graz.at
Toma Glasnov obtained his master degree in pharmacy at the Medical University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2002 he started research work on projects related to the synthetic applications of enamines with the group of Prof. Ivo C. Ivanov at the same Institute.
In 2003 he moved to the group of Prof. W. Stadlbauer at the Institute of Chemistry, Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria) with an Ernst Mach grant from the Austrian Academic Exchange Service to perform research in the field of quinolone and related heterocyclic syntheses. In 2004 he started his Ph.D.-studies with Prof. C. Oliver Kappe. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree in the field of microwave-assisted organic synthesis in 2007 and a short–term stay at Evotec Ltd. (UK), he continued as a research fellow at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Microwave Chemistry at Institute of Chemistry, Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria).
As of the beginning of 2013 he is an associate professor at the same Institute. His current research deals with the process intensification of chemical reactions, applying microwave or continuous-flow approaches. Additional research areas are the preparation/scaffold decoration of biologically active heterocycles, transition metal-catalyzed reactions and the synthetic applications of enamines.


Syuzana Harutyunyan
(Netherlands)

 s.harutyunyan@rug.nl

Syuzanna obtained her Master's degree from Yerevan State University, Armenia. Following this, in 1999 she started her PhD with Prof. Belokon in Moscow, working on enantioselective synthesis of amino acids.

She spent a few months as visiting scientist in Warsaw with Prof. Grela and developed highly reactive alternatives to Grubbs catalysts.
In 2003 Syuzanna started postdoctoral research with Prof. Feringa. Her research led to the discovery of the first enantioselective catalytic methodologies using Grignard reagents.
In 2007, she joined TIBOTEC (J&J), Belgium as a scientist, working on synthesis of anti-HCV API.
Since 2010 Syuzanna is an assistant-professor at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Her research focuses mainly on synthesis, mechanism and catalysis.
Recently Syuzanna received the prestigious awards from Solvias (2011) and NWO-VIDI (2012) for her work in asymmetric catalysis.
From September 2013 she will start her new position as an associate professor at the University of Utrecht



Jianhui Huang
(China)
jhuang@tju.edu.cn

Jianhui Huang  obtained a BSc. Degree in 2000 at Hu’nan University, China.
He returned back to his hometown to begin as a research associate with Professor Hong Meng at Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research before moving on to the United Kingdom carrying out his PhD with Professor Peter O’Brien at the University of York (2003-2006).
He then spent 3 years as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Joseph Harrity at the University of Sheffield as well as with Doctor Simon Macdonald at GSK-Stevenage before taking an associate professorship at Tianjin University in July, 2010.
His research interests are broadly in the development and application of synthetic methods, particularly transition-metal-mediated direct C-H functionalization and the applications on active pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis.



Igor Jerkovic
(Croatia)
igor@ktf-split.hr

Prof. Dr. Jerkovic is employed at Faculty of Chemistry and Technology at University of Split, Croatia.

He obtained his Ph.D. on 2004. After Ph. D. he was in 2005. (3 months) at Dipartimento di Chimica dell'Università di Roma "La Sapineza" as guest researcher. He has been (several times) visiting profesor at Facoltà di Biologia e Farmacia, Università di Cagliari, Italia.

His research focus is bioorganic chemistry of natural organic compounds (volatiles, semivolatiles, terpenes, flavors,...). He published 51 Current Contents research paper



Aigars Jirgensons
(Latvia)
aigars@osi.lv

Aigars Jirgensons worked on his doctoral theses at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Riga under supervision of Dr. V. Kauss and obtained Ph.D. diploma from Latvian University in 2000. He joined the group of prof. Pellicciari, University of Perugia, Italy in 2002 as post-doctoral research fellow. After one year of postdoctoral studies Aigars returned to Latvian Institute of Organic Syntheses.  In 2004 he became principal scientist and in 2006 head of the group. In parallel to his activities at Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Aigars Jirgensons holds the position of associate professor at Riga Technical University since 2012. Research interests. Synthetic methodology: late-transition metal free allylic substitution; novel routes to amino acids and amino alcohols; installation of hydroxamic acid and its bioisosters. Medicinal chemistry: inhibitors of malarial proteases (Plm, PfSub1); fragment based drug discovery.



Rafal Klajn
(Israel)
rafal.klajn@weizmann.ac.il
Rafal Klajn was born in Poland in 1982.
He completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University (USA) working with Profs. Bartosz Grzybowski and Sir Fraser Stoddart. His doctoral research was focused on the development of new functional materials arising from the integration of inorganic nanocrystals with molecular and supramolecular switches.
Since 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), where the research interests of his group revolve around nanoscale reactivity and self-assembly, photochromism, stimuli-responsive nanomaterials, and functional nanoporous networks.
He is a recipient of the 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists and the 2013 ACS Victor K. LaMer Award, among other honors.


Olivier Loiseleur
(Syngenta) olivier.loiseleur@syngenta.com
Olivier Loiseleur is currently a senior team leader at Syngenta Crop Protection within the Chemistry Research department and a Syngenta Fellow.
He gained his diplôme d’ingénieur chimiste (1991) from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse. He achieved his D.Phil (1996) for work on enantioselective allylic substitution and Heck reactions under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz.
He then moved to the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla to work with Prof. Dale Boger on the total synthesis of Vancomycin, after which he joined the Process Research group at Novartis Pharma in Basel (1999).
In 2002, he moved to Syngenta, in the fungicide lead finding unit. After a secondment with Prof. Ian Paterson (2005), he joined insecticide research and became project leader in 2008 for new nematicide research.


Wouter Maes
(Belgium)
wouter.maes@uhasselt.be

Wouter Maes was born in 1978 in Neerpelt, Belgium.
He obtained his PhD at the KU Leuven in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. W. Dehaen, working on the synthesis and application of dendrimers incorporating porphyrins and other heterocyclic building blocks. After that he has been working as a Postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO) within the laboratory of Prof. W. Dehaen, focusing mainly on porphyrins and related macrocycles, and (hetera)calixarenes. During this period, postdoctoral stays were conducted in Paris (Prof. E. Rose) and Oxford (Prof. H. Anderson).

Since November 2009, he was appointed Assistant Professor at Hasselt University, where he is currently heading the research group Design & Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors (DSOS), mainly studying novel small molecule and polymer materials for organic photovoltaics.



Eoghan McGarrigle
(Ireland)
eoghan.mcgarrigle@ucd.ie

Eoghan obtained his PhD at University College Dublin (Ireland) with Prof. Declan Gilheany.

Following postdoctoral work in Dublin, he moved to the University of Bristol (UK), firstly as the research officer in the group of Prof. Varinder Aggarwal and then as the course manager of the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre.
In 2012 he returned to University College Dublin to start an independent research group funded by a Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator Award. His current research interests include organocatalysis, carbohydrates, heterocycle synthesis and ylide chemistry.



Eduarda Marlene Peixoto
da Silva
(Portugal)

eddie.m.p.silva@gmail.com

Eduarda M. P. Silva studied at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and joined the group of Professor J. A. S. Cavaleiro after her studies working in the synthesis and structural characterization of new porphyrin derivatives with adequate physicochemical and biological properties for medicinal applications.
She then carried out her PhD under the guidance of Professor Laurence Harwood at the University of Reading (England, UK). The work was concerned with the total synthesis of mycaperoxide B based in an intramolecular Michael addition of a hydroperoxide to an adjacent α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acid or ester to allow the formation of the cyclic peroxide moiety present in the mycaperoxide family.
She finished her studies in 2009 and joined the group of Professor Artur M. S. Silva as a postdoctoral at the University of Aveiro (Portugal).
Her research interests are now concerned with catalysis, stereochemistry and the formation of carbon-carbon bonds through the 1,6-conjugated addition of carbon nucleophiles to diene systems deficient in electrons.



E. James Petersson
(USA)
ejpetersson@sas.upenn.edu

E. James Petersson received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, where he worked in the labs of David Lemal, investigating the effects of fluorination on cyclobutadiene. 
He then studied under Dennis Dougherty at the California Institute of Technology as an NIH Predoctoral Fellow, using unnatural amino acid mutagenesis to determine structure/function relationships in ion channel proteins. 
After receiving his Ph.D. from Caltech in 2005, he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University with Alanna Schepartz, where he synthesized and characterized protein-like structures composed of beta-amino amino acids.  He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine in 2013
The Petersson laboratory’s research focuses on the development of new methods for understanding and controlling protein function using semi-synthesis.



Michael Pittelkow
(Denmark)
pittel@kiku.dk

Michael Pittelkow studied chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. At the University of Copenhagen he received his PhD degree in 2006.
During his studies he spent extended periods in Australia (CSIRO in Melbourne), The Netherlands (The Technical University of Eindhoven) and England (Cambridge University).
He undertook postdoctoral studies in the UK (Cambridge University) before moving back to Denmark to start as an assistant professor at the department of chemistry, University of Copenhagen in November 2008.
In 2013 he became associate professor at the same department. His research interests include organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry, dendrimers and supramolecular chemistry. Currently my group mainly work with dynamic combinatorial chemistry and the synthesis of heterocyclic[8]circulenes and helicenes.



Didier Schils
(Janssen)
DSCHILS@ITS.JNJ.com

Didier Schils obtained his PhD from the University of Louvain (UCL, Belgium) under the supervision of Pr. L. Ghosez in 2000 for work on synthetic methodology and asymmetric synthesis. After a very brief post-doc stay in the lab of Pr. I. Markó (UCL, Belgium) he joined in 2001 the Chemical Development-Process Research department of J&J PRD in Beerse, Belgium. Till 2008 he worked in the Chemical Process Research group with as main accomplishment the development of the manufacturing route for the TMC-278 (Edurant®) from kilo-Lab to Chemical Production (3 patents and 1 publication).
From 2008 till 2010 he moved to a small biotech company (Euroscreen, Belgium) to do medicinal chemistry (hit to lead optimization mainly on the GPR43 project: 4 patents, 2 potential pre-clinical candidates identified).

In 2011 he moved back to J&J in the Process Research Department as Principal Scientist where he is currently leading a late phase project (Invokana®- Canagliflozin 2nd generation process).


Alexandr Shafir
(Spain)
ashafir@iciq.es

Alex Shafir was born in Kharkov (Ukraine) in 1974. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College (New York) and earned his PhD from the UC Berkeley (2003) with John Arnold on the synthesis of Group IV transition metals complexes supported by 1,1´-diaminoferrocenes.
After a postdoctoral stay with Stephen L. Buchwald (MIT) on copper-catalyzed coupling reactions, he became a Ramón y Cajal research fellowship at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, groups of Roser Peixats and Adelina Vallribera). His research there involved catalytic applications of metal nanoparticles, and, later, C-C coupling using hypervalent iodine reagents.
In 2012, he was appointed a group leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Taragona, where his group’s efforts are directed towards the metal-catalyzed conversion of ethylene into short olefins, and on synthetic methods employing hypervalent iodine reagents.



Alba Silipo
(Italy)
silipo@unina.it

Alba Silipo, March 2nd, 1978, Napoli, Italy. Languages: Italian, English, Spanish. Degree in Chemistry at the University of Naples Federico II obtained on 19/7/2001, mark 110/110 summa cum laude. September-December 2001: Guest at the Research Center Borstel, Center for Medicine and Biosciences, Borstel, Germany, in the laboratory of Structural Biochemistry, directed by Prof. Otto Holst.  January-June 2004: Guest at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Luebeck, Germany, in the laboratory directed by Prof. Thomas Peters. Use of advanced mono- and bi-dimensional NMR techniques to study the protein-ligand interaction. December, 14th 2004: Awarding of PhD in Chemistry at the University of Naples Federico II. May 2005-April 2006 European Union postdoctoral fellowship “Marie Curie”: EU Marie Curie Training Fellow (05/2005–4/2006) in the SACC-SIG-NET project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, CSIC, Madrid on the conformation of oligosaccharides of biological interest in the free and in the bound state through advanced NMR techniques and Molecular modeling. May 2006-May 2007 One year post-doctoral grant (Progetto di Work on the Job e Alta Formazione: “Esperti in biotecnologie industriali ed in management dell’innovazione nel campo delle biotecnologie”). September-November 2007, March 2008 Contract supported by Prof. Hartmut Oschkinat, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Berlino. November 2007 Permanent position as Researcher in Organic Chemistry at Department of Organic and Biological Chemistry, University of Naples Federico II. Dr. Silipo is co-author of 70 publications on international journals and 4 publications on books



Vladimir Sindelar
(Czech Republic)
sindelar@chemi.muni.cz

Vladimir Sindelar was born in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, in 1975.

He received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, in 2002. After a period of postdoctoral research at the Heriot-Watt University with prof. Graeme Cooke and University of Miami with prof. Angel E. Kaifer he joined Masaryk University, where he is now Associate Professor of Organic chemistry. His research focuses on the synthesis of supramolecular host molecules and the investigation of their self-sorting processes.



Magne O. Sydnes
(Norway)

magne.o.sydnes@uis.no

Magne O. Sydnes was born in Oslo, Norway in 1973.
He received his MSc degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Oslo in 1998. After a short stint in industry he commenced his PhD studies in 2001 at the Australian National University, Canberra, under the guidance of Professor Banwell.
Since earning his PhD in 2004 he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow both in Australia and Japan, including two years as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in Professor Isobe’s group at Nagoya University, Japan.
In 2009 he joined International Research Institute of Stavanger, Norway, as a researcher.Since December 2011 he has been an Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Research interests include; catalysis, natural product synthesis, and chemical biology.



Uttam Krishnan Tambar
(USA)
uttam.tambar@utsouthwestern.edu

Uttam K. Tambar received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with Professor Brian Stoltz. 

After he completed his NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University with Professor James Leighton in 2009, he began his independent research career at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. 

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry Department and a W. W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research.  The Tambar lab is interested in asymmetric catalysis, natural product synthesis, and medicinal chemistry.



Georgios Vougioukalaki
(Greece)

 vougiouk@chem.uoa.gr
vougiouk@chem.demokritos.gr

Georgios C. Vougioukalakis was born on Crete, Greece, in 1976 and received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Crete.
In 2004, he completed his Ph.D. at the same university under the direction of Prof. M. Orfanopoulos. During his graduate studies he spent short periods of time in the group of Prof. K. Prassides at the University of Sussex, and the group of Dr. C. Chatgilialoglu at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Bologna.
After carrying out his military service in the Greek Air Force, he moved as a Marie Curie Fellow to the California Institute of Technology where he worked for two years with Prof. Robert H. Grubbs.
Following another year of postdoctoral studies with Prof. N. Hadjichristidis at the University of Athens, he joined NCSR "Demokritos".
In 2010 he was elected Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Athens.
In 2012 he visited the University of California - Irvine, as a Visiting Scholar. His research interests include homogeneous catalysis, organic and organometallic chemistry, as well as the development of nanostructures related to energy issues and nanotechnology

 

Last update Mardi 21 Mai, 2013