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Dr Ana Belenguer Mail

Ana was born in Madrid, where she studied her BSc in Chemistry specialising in Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense. She obtained her PhD from The City University (London) under the supervision of Professor Stephen Matlin, developing HPLC methodologies to analyse male and female contraceptives and to isolate the contraceptive active ingredients for in-vivo animal studies. She has worked in management positions in the analytical sections of the Research and Development departments in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. She moved in 2002 to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge joining the group of Professor Jeremy Sanders where she is still working. She is the HPLC and LCMS expert for the Hunter group. When not in the lab, Ana likes walking, science, natural history, listening to classical music and visiting museums.
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Peter Bolgar Mail

I grew up in a small town in North-Eastern Hungary. I became interested in chemistry at my very first chemistry lesson at secondary school, when my teacher showed us some spectacular experiments. I have participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad and the Mendeleev International Olympiad in Chemistry in 2012 and 2013. I moved to England to study natural sciences at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, where I stayed to carry out my PhD studies. I did an internship with Prof. Brian Stoltz at Caltech, where I was working on the development of a simple system for the oxidation of electron-rich diazo compounds to ketones. I am involved with the UK Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad. In my free time I often read about astronomy and meteorology. I enjoy nature and I am very fond of trekking, cycling and skiing.
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Yudi Ding Mail

Yudí was born and raised in Xi’an, the great ancient capital of China and home to the Terracotta Armies. During his childhood he learnt piano, Chopin and Debussy are his favourite. He also has a violin, so sometimes you hear him sawing. He enjoys graphic design (once designed a cover for JACS) and calligraphy (Chinese and Palmer’s penmanship). He is fluent in French and always has a passion for learning languages and travel. Yudi graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris in 2016 and is currently a PhD student at Queens College Cambridge. In his spare time, he wears a lab coat and pretends to do some science.
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Dr Marion Donnier-Marechal Mail

I was born in Grenoble in the French Alps. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Engineering from ENSC Lille and a MSc research in chemistry from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. In 2013, I obtained a PhD in medicinal chemistry at the University of Lille, working on the design and the synthesis of sigma-1 receptors agonists for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Then I spent 3 years at the University of Lyon working on medicinal chemistry and dynamic combinatorial chemistry. In Cambridge, I am working on the development of PET imaging probes. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, reading, and I try to travel as much as possible.
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Mark Driver Mail

Mark was raised in North Lincolnshire. He completed his BA and MSci degrees at the University of Cambridge, where he undertook a project with Dr Thom on modelling nitrogen reduction by transition metals. He joined the group for his final year project and is now continuing this research on solubility and partitioning prediction for his PhD. In his spare time he enjoys board games, Jelly and going to the theatre.
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Dr Francesco Fasano Mail

I was born and grew up in Bari in the south of Italy. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemical science at the University of Bari working on the synthesis of organic semiconductors materials. Then I obtained the Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Cardiff University, where I focused my attention on the boron-nitrogen doping of polycylic aromatic hydrocarbon materials. In 2018, I joined the Hunter group as postdoc working on information oligomers. I enjoy spending time with my friends, gaming, going to the cinema and when I get the chance, playing football.
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Jorge Gomez Magenti Mail

Jorge was born in Valencia, Spain, so his soul cries a little bit when he sees paellas with chorizo. He studied Chemistry and a Masters in Nanotechnology at the University of Valencia, working on the development of a method to measure the conductivity of organic molecules using Au-NPs arrays. In the Hunter group, he is working on supramolecular oligomers. He loves c̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ eating, reading fantasy and sci-fi books, TV shows, and during NBA playoff time, he is sleep deprived and cranky in the mornings.
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Karine Hakobyan Mail

Karine was born in Armenia. She studied in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Yerevan State University, researching in the area of asymmetric synthesis of non-proteinogenic amino acids supervised by Prof. A. Saghyan. She then worked in the Institute of Biotechnology in Armenia, closely collaborating with Prof. Y. Belokon (INEOS, Laboratory of Asymmetric Catalysis) and Prof. H. Kagan (University Paris-Sud, Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay). Now, she is working towards a PhD degree in supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Hunter, synthesizing and studying information encoding synthetic analogues of DNA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing badminton and solving Japanese nonograms.
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Prof Chris Hunter Mail

I was born in Dunedin in New Zealand and lived in Nigeria before my parents settled in Ireland at the seaside town of Portstewart. After a PhD in supramolecular porphyrin chemistry with Jeremy Sanders at the University of Cambridge, I started my independent academic career at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1989. I moved to the University of Sheffield in 1991, and 23 years later, I returned to the University of Cambridge. I like spending time with my family, cooking for friends, and when I get the chance I surf.
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Dr Giulia Iadevaia Mail

Giulia was born in Naples in Italy and grew up in Rome. She gained her Masters degree in Chemistry from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2010 after doing her final year project on anion recognition which involved the opportunity to spend time working in Jyväskylä (Finland). She got her PhD from the University of Sheffield working under the supervision of Prof Chris Hunter on cooperative hydrogen bonded systems and continued in the group as postdoc and DJ of the lab, even if not always appreciated!
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Dr Istvan Kocsis Mail

I was born in Romania, in a city called Satu Mare (which literally translates to Big Village). After being denied an attempt at a football career by my mother, I followed my second closest passion which was chemistry. I spent five years in Cluj-Romania where I obtained up my MSc in 2014 following it up with a three year PhD in the sunny south of France-Montpellier, working on the topic of artificial supramolecular channels. I have spent a couple of months in South Korea as well as in New York-USA within the framework of several cooperative projects in the field of supramolecular chemistry. Besides football, I made a sport out of travelling. As for indoor activities, I enjoy reading science-fiction, gaming, cooking meat in all forms, going to the cinemas and getting rid of expired neurons at the pub.
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Ennio Lavagnini Mail

Ennio was born in Isola della Scala, a small town not far from Verona in the north of Italy. After a chemistry degree at Padova and a Masters thesis with Prof. Paradisi, he moved in Bordeaux to work for 3 months at EICB institute with Prof. Quideau . Subsequently, he worked in the R&D division of the Italian pharmaceutical company FIS. In 2016, he started his PhD in the Hunter group. He describes himself as a dilettante in every sport and master of none and spends his spare time trying to prove it.
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Dr M Cristina Misuraca Mail

Cristina was born in Cosenza, a small city in the south of Italy, where she studied Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Technology. After obtaining her Masters degree she moved to the UK where she gained her PhD from the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof C. A. Hunter studying cooperativity in supramolecular systems. She spent 2 years in the group of Prof N. Giuseppone (CNRS, Strasbourg) where she focused on dynamic combinatorial chemistry applied to material science. She then returned to the Hunter group to investigate solvent effects on H-bonding. In her spare time she likes hiking and playing piano.
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Petr Motloch Mail

Petr was born and raised in Frýdek-Místek (Czech Republic). He studied Chemistry at the Charles University in Prague, where he worked with Prof. Kotora on the new total synthesis of duloxetine for his BSc project, and with Prof. Roithová on the investigation of gold and silver π-complexes by means of mass spectrometry and theoretical chemistry for his Masters project. He also spent 4 months in the group of Prof. Hashmi at the University of Heidelberg working on the synthesis of new gold species. He joined the Hunter group in 2015 to study cooperativity in supramolecular systems. In his free time, Petr enjoys reading, hiking and squash.
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Dr Diego Núñez Mail

Diego was born and grew up in Álora, a small village of Málaga in the south of Spain. After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Málaga he moved to the Institute of Medicinal Chemistry in Madrid where he got his PhD in 2013 working on the stereoselective synthesis and applications of quaternary amino acids. He joined the Hunter group in 2013 to develop chiral information molecules. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing football and travelling.
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Prof Jeremy Sanders Mail

Jeremy Sanders was born in London, and studied Chemistry at Imperial College. He did his PhD in Cambridge with Dudley Williams, and after a postdoctoral year at Stanford he was appointed to the academic staff in Cambridge. His research interests have included the use of NMR spectroscopy to solve chemical and biological problems, and many facets of supramolecular chemistry. He is currently a Pro-Vice-Chancellor as well as Professor; in his spare time he harvests fruit and vegetables from his garden, does the family cooking, and enjoys opera, theatre, cinema and walking on the South Downs.
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Dr Elena Sanna Mail

Elena was born in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). She studied chemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands and obtained her Master degree in 2010. In 2016 she obtained her PhD working on the study of molecular cavities for recognition and catalysis in the group of Prof. Costa. In 2017 she joined the Hunter group as a postdoctoral researcher in the development of new molecular probes for imaging applications. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, traveling and baking.
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Maria Chiara Storer Mail

PhD student.
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Gloria Tobajas Mail

Born and raised in Madrid, Gloria graduated with a Pharmacy degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, followed by an MSc in Drug Discovery. As part of her studies she worked on natural products chemistry at the Institute of Medicinal Chemistry in Madrid and also gained some experience in solid phase peptide synthesis at the University of East Anglia (Norwich) and on nucleic acids chemistry at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague. Prior to the beginning of her PhD, she took up a position in Janssen Pharma at the Medicinal Chemistry Department. She joined the Hunter group in October 2018 to focus on the development of new chemical probes to investigate misfolded proteins in human diseases. When not mixing reagents in the lab, you’ll find her practicing water sports, playing the guitar or finding decent music and eating places around town.
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Lucia Trevisan Mail

Lucia was born and grew up in Venezia Mestre, in the north east of Italy. She studied Chemistry at the University of Padova and worked in Prof. Mancin research group for both her bachelor and master’s degrees projects. She focused on the development of functionalised gold nanoparticles as NMR chemosensors. During her Masters’ thesis she spent four months working on boronic acid and ester functionalised gold nanoparticles in Dr. Kay’s group at the University of St Andrews. In 2018 she joined the Hunter group for her PhD during which she will be working on the development of new synthetic molecular transducers. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, rowing and kitesurfing.
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Dr Mark Williamson Mail

Mark was born in London and grew up in Hertfordshire. Having read Chemistry at Imperial College London, he remained there for an MRes in Biomolecular Sciences and a Ph.D. on "Novel QM/MM Investigations of Enzyme Catalysis" with Ian R. Gould and David Klug. He then left the UK for a postdoc at the San Diego Super Computing Center where he worked on improving the parallel efficiency of the AMBER molecular dynamics code within the context of a DOE biofuels project. He also developed an affinity for surfing here. On his return to the UK, he joined the Glen group at Cambridge and worked on modelling Cytochrome P450 systems with the aim to aid xenobiotic metabolism prediction. He now has a hybrid role within the Hunter group, developing software and pursuing research projects. Other interests include diving, cycling and random geekery.