Lewis Research Group

Synthetic Methodology & Natural Product Synthesis


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Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr Fabienne Pradaux-Caggiano




Ph.D. Students


Toby Nash (4th year)


Toby is working as part of the Lewis group and has a passion for developing and learning novel synthetic strategies.  His work is partly funded by Almac Group,  and centres around microbial cis-dihydroxylation of arenes.  Such microbial cis-hydroxylation reactions could lead to the synthesis of key precursors to a range of pharmaceutically important molecules. Toby completed his MChem in Chemistry at the University of Warwick in 2014.  During his final year, he worked alongside Dr Graham Pattison in developing the electrophilic fluorination of dicarbonyls using iodine (III) compounds. In his spare time, Toby enjoys staying/getting fit, cooking, travel and music.



Ben Alexander (3rd year)


Ben Alexander is a third year PhD student funded by the EPSRC. He is working within the Lewis group on the rational design and synthesis of natural product analogues as well as with Exeter Medical School in order to further examine the anti-austerity rationale for pancreatic cancer drug development. Ben graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry in 2012. He then spent two years working within the chemical sciences for the Civil Service. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as going to the cinema and travelling. 



Lloyd Murfin (2nd year)


Lloyd is in his first year of his PhD (funded by EPSRC), after joining the Lewis group in 2016. His work is aimed at synthesizing unusual carbon nanohoops, an area of chemistry that has seen rapidly growing interest since 2008. Lloyd has always had passion for organic chemistry, and looks forwards to furthering his practical knowledge over the next few years. Lloyd graduated with an MChem for Drug Discovery from the university of Bath, where he was awarded the RW Bolland Prize for graduating top of his cohort. He enjoys attempting to keep fit and relaxing with friends.



Carlos Lopez Alled  (2nd year CSCT CDT PhD student)


I studied Chemistry in the University of Zaragoza (Spain), my birthplace. From the beginning I been interested in organic chemistry and synthetic work. So, in my last year I got to do my final degree’s project in the laboratory of Asymmetric Synthesis with Professor Tomas Tejero, there I started the synthesis of chiral natural products. After that I worked on  carbon nanotubes in the Instituto de Carboquimica de Aragon (Carbon-chemistry Institute of Aragon) funded by CSIC. Now I am doing my PhD in the University of Bath where I will synthesize novel natural compounds, keen to learn more and to travel UK. I enjoy spending time running, reading and going out with friends.




Masters, Undergraduate and Joint PhD students


Dominic Ferdani (CSCT CDT PhD with Petra Cameron and Andrew Johnson)


Dominic graduated from Warwick University with an MChem in Chemistry in 2014. This included a research project with Dr Adrian Chaplin looking into Rhodium macrocyclic complexes. He is currently working on a project on perovskite solar cells. In his spare time he enjoys playing a variety of sports with American Football being his current favourite.




Naomi Elstone  (CDT PhD with Karen Edler and David Leak)








Former Group Members


Dr Anthony P. Gee  (PhD student 2012-2016) - now working at Peakdale Molecular.


Dr Kathryn A. Wills (PhD student 2009-2014) - now working at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington.


Dr Catherine L. Lyall (PhD student 2010-2014) - now an NMR Specialist for the Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility, University of Bath.


Dr Julia A. Griffen (PhD student 2009-2013) - now working at Cobalt Light Systems, Oxford.


Dr Mario Uosis-Martin (PhD student 2008-2012) now working at Peakdale Molecular.  contact at: Mario.Uosis-Martin (at) bath.edu


Dr Monika Ali Khan (PhD student 2008-2012) - Science Outreach Presenter; founder, “STEM Cadets”: www.stemcadets.co.uk contact at: Monika.Ali.Khan (at) bath.edu


Dr Maksims Jevglevskis (MRes 2010-2011) - now a Postdoc in Bath department of Pharmacy