Bath University, Department of Chemistry, October 2007 - Date
Former Group members at Bath (2007-2014) and Oxford (2005-2007)
Rory Arrowsmith PhD 2008 - 2013 and PDRA 2013-2014. Rory obtained a degree in Biochemistry with Physics from the University of Keele, with his research project within the Sylvie Dufour Group, CNRS, Paris, France and a PhD working with Dr Sofia Pascu in 2013. He remained associated with the group as a PDRA until March 2014. His research interests included coordination chemistry for imaging hypoxia and cellular interactions by assays and fluorescence techniques.
Zhiyuan Hu PhD 2008 - 2013. Zhiyuan (or Ian for friends!) obtained a first class degree at the South China University and a Masters' degree in Nanotechnology with his research project in designing quantum dots imaging probes. He gained a PhD working with Dr Sofia Pascu and funded by an ORS award and University of Bath scholarship. His research interests included nanomedicines design and imaging by fluorescence techniques.
Jennifer Williams M.Chem. 2008 - 2009. Jenny worked towards a Chemistry degree at the University of Bath. Her research interests included studying small-molecule based optical imaging probes based on Ag(I), Au(III) and Zn(II) with simultaneous anticancer activities. She is now a PhD student at King's College London working in medical imaging with Prof Phil Blower and Dr Greg Mullen
Harriet Lock-Ingham M.Chem. 2008 - 2009. Harriet worked towards her M.Chem. degree at the University of Bath Her research interests included nanocapsules design for drug delivery to cancer cells.
Graham Reed MChem 2008 - 2009. Graham completed his M.Chem. degree at the University of Bath. He was supervised jointly with Dr Mike Whittlesey. His research interests included multimetallic catalysts anchored on tripodal carbenes for organic transformations.
Justin Dong M.Res. 2009. Justin worked towards a full-time M.Res. in Chemistry at the University of Bath His research interests included the porphyrin-derivatised carbon nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications.
Catrin James MChem Drug Discovery 2007 - 2008. Catrin obtained a Chemistry degree at the University of Bath Her research interests included studying metal-reinforced rotaxane-based imaging probes and for drug delivery. Catrin is currently working in industry.
Brett Kennedy MChem 2007 - 2008 (jointly with Dr Toby Jenkins) and a Royal Society Summer Student in the SIP group (2008). Brett obtained a first class degree in chemistry at the University of Bath and recently completed his PhD at Downing College, Cambridge, working in molecular imaging with Prof Kevin Brindle. His research interests at Bath included studying pH swithching of fluorescent substrates inside cell-mimics for mechanistic studies in drug delivery processes.
Lora Murray MSc research student in SIP group 2007 - 2008. Lora obtained a Nat. Sci. degree at the University of Bath Her research interests included studying Ni, Zn, Cu and Ag-based small molecules with fluorescent properties for cancer cell imaging applications.
Dr S.I Pascu Group at Oxford CRL 2005-2007
Oxford Group members 2005-2007:
Dr Lok Tong PDRA 2006-2007 (working with Dr S.I Pascu and Prof J. R Dilworth). Lok obtained a Chemistry degree at the University of Oxford with his Part II research project on catalytic activities of tripodal ligands bound to transition metals, he then moved to Cambridge in 2002, studying a Ph.D. in Jeremy Sanders' Group. His research interests include the synthesis of some new porphyrin oligomeric arrays, studying the coordination chemistry and investigating their supramolecular catalytic behaviour. In October 2007 he took up a PDRA appointment in Geneva (until 2011) and is now a scientist in Hong Kong.
Jameel Zayed Royal Society Summer Student 2007. Jameel obtained a MSc at the University of Cardiff and worked on a joint research project between James Redman and Sofia Pascu involving designing new porphyrin hosts for solubilising single walled carbon nanotubes. In October 2007 he took up a PhD postion at Cambridge Mellvile Laboratory with Dr Oren Sherman, and is currently a member of Darwin College.
Tim Conry Part II student from Jesus College, working in the S.I Pascu Group on designing new Copper and Zinc molecular imaging probes. His project involved close collaborations with the Gray’s Cancer Institute (Dr Martin Christlieb) and the Pharmacology Department, Oxford (Dr Grant Churchill). He was also the College representative for the CU. Tim enjoys travelling, playing squash and brewing beer.
Bonita Lin (Exeter College) Part II student in the S.I Pascu Group. She investigated multimetallic fluorescent imaging probes and non-covalent modifications of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes.Boni is from Taiwan and has been studying in England for 8 years. She enjoys travelling and dancing.
Philip Waghorn: Part II student 2005-2006 (supervised jointly by Dr S.I Pascu and Prof J. R Dilworth) and Royal Society Summer Student with Dr Sofia Pascu in 2006. Between 2006-2010 he was a D.Phil student with Professor Jon Dilworth, continuing our collaboration on radiolabelled porphyrins for multimodal PET/optical imaging of cancer cells. Phil is a Research Fellow at the Radiation Oncology and Biology Department since 2010, University of Oxford
Kuen-Chan Lee graduated from National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan in 1999 with a B.S. degree (honours student) in Chemical Engineering and he published his first research article under the supervision of Professor Chuck C. Wei. He carried out a research project on the Characterization of Rice Husk Ash-Supported Copper Catalysts prepared by Incipient Wetness Impregnation at National Central University under the supervision of Professor Feg-Wen Chang and got his M.S. degree in 2001. He is currently a member of Wolfson College. His research interests concern the filling and functionalisation of carbon nanotubes for medical imaging applications. His work in the group (2006-2007) was in collaboration with the Oxford Nanotube Group.
Patraporn Luksirikul was born in Thailad in 1982. She has been awarded by The Royal Thai Government Scholarship since 2001. She obtained her BSc (Chemistry) with honours at the Kasetsart University of Thailand in 2003. Her MSc (Physical Chemistry, 2006) at the same university was related to QM/MM studies of the functionalizations of SWNTs in the Diels-Alder Addition and Hydroboration reactions under the supervision of Prof. Jumras Limtrakul. She is currently a member of St Anne's College. Her interests are in carbon nanotubes research Her work in the group (2006-2007) was in collaboration with the Oxford Nanotube Group.
Chidambaram Kasimuthu: Graduate Visiting Student 2005-2006 (supervised jointly by Dr S.I Pascu and Dr Robert Sim, Biochemistry Department) was the first SIP group member. He worked in designing probes for cancer nanotheranostics. Chidam is currently working in industry.