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Current Members

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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

Part III Student.
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Dr Maria Ciaccia Mail

Maria was born in Rome, Italy. She got her MSc from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2011. During her masters she studied the mechanism of transimination in organic solvents in the laboratory of Prof Luigi Mandolini and Dr Stefano Di Stefano, where she also carried out her PhD. In 2013, she joined the group for a placement to study the application of imines in dynamic combinatorial chemistry and then stayed as a postdoc working on transmembrane signalling in vesicles. She went to work as a mass spectrometrist in the Babraham Institute for almost one year, but decided that the group had not had enough of her so she is now back as a postdoc, working on information oligomers. She likes drawing, walking and going to heavy metal gigs.
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Dr Nicola De Mitri Mail

Nicola was born in Poggiardo (Apulia, Italy) and studied Physics at the University of Pisa, obtaining his BSc and Masters degrees with a curriculum in condensed matter. For his PhD he changed to a different institution, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), and a different subject, computational chemistry, working with Prof. Vincenzo Barone on an integrated quantum - classical approach to the prediction of spectra of flexible molecules in condensed phase. He then moved to Cambridge in 2015 for a postdoc with Prof. Hunter focused on the modelling of non-covalent interactions in solution. In his free time, he is sadly often on the computer doing some geeky stuff, but sometimes he enjoys cycling and taking photos.
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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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Dovydas Draksas Mail

Summer Student.
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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 Luca Gabrielli Mail

I grew up in Novedrate, a small village close to Como in Italy. I graduated in Environmental Science and then in Chemistry at the University of Milano-Bicocca, performing my final year project on polymersomes under the supervision of Prof A. Kros at the University of Leiden. Then I obtained my PhD working on glycomimetics with Prof. L. Cipolla at the University of Milano-Bicocca, which involved the opportunity to spent time working on protein functionalization with Prof. B.G. Davis at the Oxford University. After a post-doc experience with Prof. F. Mancin (University of Padova), focused on gold nanoparticles, I joined the Hunter group as a post-doctoral fellow, working on synthetic information molecules. I enjoy gardening, cooking, traveling and of course drinking with friends.
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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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Dr Stefan Henkel Mail

Stefan was born and raised in Bochum, Germany, located within the polycentric urban area called "Ruhrgebiet". He studied chemistry at the University of Bochum and obtained his PhD working on matrix isolation spectroscopy of reactive intermediates in the group of Prof Sander. In 2016 he joined the Hunter group as a postdoc to work on solvent self-association. He likes to visit (and taste) different cultures, and crosswords.
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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 Matthew Langton Mail

Matthew grew up in Cheshire, England. He graduated with an MChem from the University of Oxford in 2011, working with Prof. Harry Anderson FRS for his Part II (4th) year project. He then stayed in Oxford for a DPhil with Prof. Paul Beer which he completed in 2014, on the synthesis of interlocked molecules for anion recognition and sensing. After a year as an EPSRC Doctoral Award researcher in Oxford, he moved to Cambridge in October 2015 to take up an Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship based in the Hunter group, where he is developing intelligent colloids for signal amplification. In his free time he enjoys archery, racket sports and sailing.
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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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Dr Sarah Pike Mail

Post-Doctoral Researcher.
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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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Jon Swain Mail

Jon was born in Cambridge and grew up in Duxford. He studied chemistry at University College London and spent some time at the University of Toronto during his undergraduate degree. He is currently working on H-bonding oligomers using Sonogashira coupling. Jon enjoys lots of sports, rowing, skiing, hiking, and rugby, and he travels as much as he can in his time off.
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Filip Szczypiński Mail

Filip was born and grew up in Kraków, Poland. He moved to England to study chemistry at the University of Cambridge in 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Filip worked with Prof. Nitschke on the synthesis and host-guest interactions of bimetallic supramolecular cubic cages. He has also completed internships at Harvard University, working with Prof. Myers on the synthesis of macrolide antibiotics, and at Procter & Gamble in the Modelling & Simulation group. He joined the Hunter Group for his Ph.D. and is working on supramolecular oligomers. In his leisure time, Filip enjoys food (in all forms), hiking (walked across Spain twice) and modern art (who doesn't like black squares).
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Dr Pavle Troselj Mail

Pavle grew up in Rijeka, Croatia. After obtaining a diploma in chemistry from the University of Zagreb, he conducted PhD research on polynorbornane based artificial sensors at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb, under the supervision of Dr Margetic. During his PhD he spent six months at Columbia University in New York, working with Prof Berova and Prof Nakanishi on determination of absolute configuration of natural products by using chirooptical methods. He joined the Hunter group as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, working on multivalent interactions of artificial information systems. In his spare time he enjoys all kind of sports, movies and TV documentaries.
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Judith Weber Mail

Judith was raised in a small town close to Heidelberg in Germany. She got her Diploma degree in Chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in 2014, which involved the opportunity to spend 10 months in California enjoying the sun, great Mexican food and amazing weekend trips to different national parks. Her final year project was focused on the synthesis and evaluation of novel probes for PET imaging of GABA-receptors. In 2015 she started her PhD in Cambridge, which is - in keeping with the saying “Seeing is Believing” - focused on different imaging probes. She enjoys dancing (not only in front of the fume hood), running and outdoor sports – especially in the mountains. And of course, she always likes evenings with friends in the pub.
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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.