Group Members

PostDoctoral Research Fellows

Dr Nagnath More

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I was born in Maharashtra, India. I studied chemistry at Dr. Babashaeb Ambedkar Marathwada University, India, where I received my MSc. degree. Then, I moved to Dr. M. Jeganmohan’s research group in 2012 at the Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research, Pune, India, to obtain a Ph.D. degree. After finishing my Ph.D. in 2017, I joined Prof. Doron Pappo’s lab at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2020, I was appointed as Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher in the Davies group. My research will be focused on the gold-catalyzed regioselective activation of thioalkynes.

Publications: Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 804-807; Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 1337; Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 3040; Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 9616; Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 2017, 4305; J. Org. Chem., 2017, 82, 12691; J. Org. Chem., 2019, 84, 7950.

Awards: Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (2020), Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018), Travel Award from e-COST (2019), CSIR-Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (2012-2017), Eklavya Scholarship for MSc studies.

Funding: Marie Curie Fellowship

ORCiD: 0000-0002-1551-6910

Dr Richard Mudd

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Richard studied Chemistry (MChem) at Heriot-Watt university (Edinburgh, UK), with a Master’s project studying the Au(I) catalysed ring-opening of cyclopropenes with sulfur nucleophiles in the group of Dr Ai‑Lan Lee. After graduating he joined the group of Professor William Kerr at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) to study Ir(I-III) catalysed hydrogenation and hydrogen isotope exchange processes, collaborating with GlaxoSmithKline (Stevenage, UK) and Sanofi (Frankfurt, Germany). His next step was to take up a postdoctoral position in the group of Professor Ryan Gilmour Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany), where he worked on several projects, including carbohydrate synthesis, photocatalysis and hypervalent iodine catalysis. Subsequently, joining the group of Professor Michael Mastalerz at Ruprecht-Karls Universität (Heidelberg, Germany) as a postdoctoral researcher and developing the preparation of large, unsymmetrical organic-cages. In 2021 he joined the Davies group as a postdoctoral fellow to design and prepare artificial metalloenzymes in collaboration with the Peacock group. Away from the laboratory he enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, and gaming.

Funding: Leverhulme Trust

Dr Ivy Ghosh

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Ivy was born in West Bengal, India. She was a University topper during her BSc and a first class second in MSc from The University of Burdwan, India. She did her Master’s project focused on the field of inorganic open-framework materials that are dominated by aluminosilicates and phosphates. Then she joined Prof. Tapan Kanti Paine’s group in the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India in 2014 to obtain her PhD degree in the field of Biomimicking Enzymes, mainly Cytochrome P450 and Bioinspired Catalysis involving chemo-, regio- and stereo-selective oxygenation of C-H and C=C bonds in hydrocarbons by non-heme mononuclear metal (Fe and Co) complexes. In August 2021, she joins the artificial metalloenzymes team working with the Peacock group and Davies group on novel hybrid catalysts for sustainable organic synthesis. She has a keen interest in travelling to historical places and collecting souvenirs.

Funding: Leverhulme Trust

ORCiD: 0000-0003-4236-2619

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PostGraduate Researchers

Laura Hamouche

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Laura completed her Masters degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maine (France). She undertook her final research project under the supervision of Dr. Graeme Kay, on the evaluation of the antioxidant potential of a library of cysteamine analogues, in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University (Scotland). Laura is currently exploring novel transition metal catalysis (Au, Cu, Co) to access novel sp3-rich and bioactive frameworks. In her spare time, Laura enjoys baking, traveling and doing pilates.

Peter Simm

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Peter presenting a poster

Peter completed a BSc in Chemistry, followed by MSc in Green Chemistry, both at the University of Leicester; his MSc project focused on the synthesis of functionalised pincer ligands for late transition metals. Peter joined the Davies group as a PhD student in 2017, researching novel transition metal catalysed methodology toward functionalised heterocycles. In his spare time Peter enjoys films and television

Elena Claudia Gini

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Elena Claudia

Elena Claudia completed her MSci at the University of Turin (Italy). Her Masters degree final research project involved the gold catalysed synthesis of tetrahydrobenzo[g]quinolines, supervised by Prof. Cristina Prandi. She developed an interest in gold-catalysed transformations, and she had the chance to keep studying in this field by starting a PhD project in Paul Davies’s group. Elena Claudia’s program is part of the iDESIGN ITN in an academic-industry partnership with Mercachem B.V. (The Netherlands), whose aim is to develop new scaffolds to underpin high quality novel compound libraries for early-stage drug discovery. In her spare time, Elena Claudia enjoys playing chess and reading.

Articles: Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020, 6, 646-653

ORCID: 0000-0002-8971-3124

Sifan Li

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Sifan is a joint PhD student in the Davies group (University of Birmingham) and Shu group (Southern University of Science and Technology, China). His project is mainly about radical chemistry in ynamides, transition metal catalyzed cross-coupling transformations. In his spare time, Sifan enjoys listening to music, and traveling.

Alessandro Balella

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Alessandro was born in Ravenna (Italy) and obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies from the University of Ferrara. During his Master’s research project He investigated the synthesis of a novel NOP antagonist. Alessandro joined the Davies group in 2018 as part of the iDesign research project and he is now working on the design of sp3-rich scaffolds for the synthesis of compound libraries for early stage drug discovery. Outside the lab, Ale enjoys training in the gym and playing the bass.

Thomas Squire

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Tom in Rome

Tom completed his MSci degree at the University of Birmingham, which led on to him joining the MIBTP program across the universities; University of Birmingham, Warwick and Leicester.   As part of the MIBTP training year he developed transferable skills in computer programming/modelling and large scale data analysis of RNA sequence data. He also had the opportunity to work with Prof Martin Wills (University of Warwick) synthesising RNA derivatives for analytical science and with ChemBAM developing its website and content. Currently he is working across the Davies and Peacock groups designing artificial enzymes. Outside the lab Tom enjoys supporting his local football team and mixing his own music, with the tag line “mixing chemicals by day and music by night”.

Xinlie Jiang



Lyle obtained his Bachelor degree in chemical engineering and technology from Harbin Institute of Technology and now is studying for an MSc by research in Davies group. In Lyle’s childhood, touched by Marie Curie’s life story, especially for her intelligence, diligence and selfless dedication, he was bent on becoming a scientist. Encouraged by his chemistry teacher in senior high school, Lyle signed up for the Chinese Chemistry Olympiad and finally won the provincial second prize. In college, Lyle and his friends signed up for the College Student Chemical Engineering Design Competition as a team, and finally won the national second prize. At present, Lyle focuses on the synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles and hopes to get some functional compounds. In his spare time, Lyle enjoys singing, swimming and travelling

Bethan Greene

Bethan at graduation

Bethan completed her MSci degree at the University of Birmingham, completing a year in industry in her third year at GSK in the Analytical chemistry department. For her MSci project she worked under the supervision of Prof John S. Fossey, synthesising N-heterocycles as well as using computational modelling software to enumerate large compound libraries. Bethan joined the Davies research group as a PhD student in 2021.



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Alice is a 4th year MSci student at the University of Birmingham. In her third year, she completed a placement at Evotec, working on the early stages of a drug discovery project. Alice now joins the Davies group for her masters research project. Outside of her studies, Alice competes in a BUCS lacrosse team and also plays tennis.


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A picture of Clare, provided by Clare Rabbitt

Clare is currently studying for an MSci Chemistry degree having just completed her year in industry at Evotec where she worked as part of a pharmaceutical research team. She is now in her 4th and final year at UoB. Outside the lab you’ll often find Clare inside a theatre or playing the violin in a local ensemble. 



  • Dr Paige Rist (PhD, 2021, and iCURE fellow, 2021) – to Research Scientist at The Binding Site, UK
  • Dr Ana Almeida (PhD, 2021) – to Research Scientist at Sygnature Discovery ltd, UK
  • Dr Matthew Wakeling (PhD, 2020, ORCID 0000-0002-8802-7667) – to PDRA with Prof. Ruben Martin (ICIQ, Tarrogona, Spain)
  • Dr Elsa Martinez Arce (PhD, 2019) – to Researcher at University of Barcelona
  • Dr Onyeka Obumselu (PhD, 2018) – to Lecturer
  • Dr Matthew Ball-Jones (PhD, 2017) – to PDRA with Prof. Joe Harrity (Sheffield) now Process Chemist at Sai Life Science
  • Dr Joshua Priest (PhD 2017) – to PDRA with Prof. Ian Coldham (Sheffield)
  • Dr Miguel Garzón Sanz (PhD 2016) – to PDRA with Dr Sam Butterworth (Manchester)
  • Fatima Khan (MSc, 2016, with Dr Richard Grainger)
  • Dr Matt Barrett (PhD 2016, with Dr Richard Grainger) – to Research Scientist at ReViral 
  • Dr Andy Gillie (PhD 2015) – to Research Scientist at Sygnature Discovery 
  • Dr Elli Chatzopoulou (PhD 2015) – to Scientist at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute San Diego, US
  • Dr Holly Adcock (PhD 2015) – to Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Michel Franck Boissonet (PhD 2015, with Prof. James Tucker)  
  • Dr Tom Baker (PhD 2014)
  • Dr Parmjit Heer Kaur (PhD 2014) – to R+D Kingspan ltd
  • Dr Alex Cremonesi (PhD 2013) – to R+D Scientist
  • Dr Christelle Detty-Mambo (PhD 2011) – to Research Scientist
  • Dr Nicholas Martin  (PhD 2010) – to PDRA


  • Dr Prakash Sekar (Marie Skłodowska-Curie, IF, ORCID) – Sygnature life Sciences, UK
  • Dr Raju Jannapureddy (Marie Skłodowska-Curie IIF) – Academic (Osmania University, India)
  • Dr Fernando Sanchez-Cantalejo (Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF) – Scientist (Spain)
  • Dr Mickael Dos Santos (Marie-Curie IEF) 
  • Dr Sebastian Albrecht (2007-9) – Academic (Université de Mulhouse – École Nationale Supérieure De Chimie)
  • Dr Estelle Banaszak (2006) – Academic (ESCOM, France)


  • Dr Lidia Dumitrescu
  • Ana Sanjuan
  • Giulio Assanelli


  • Zakiyya Miah (2019/20)
  • Yasmin Begum (2019/20)
  • Melodie Zehnder (2018/19)
  • James Osborne (2018/19) – PhD Okinawa Institute of Science
  • Joanna Butler-Ward (2018/19)
  • Edwin Mok (2018/19)
  • James Bowen (2017/18) – PhD with Prof Chris Willis (Bristol)
  • Katarina Stefkova (2017/18) – PhD with Dr Rebecca Melen (Cardiff)
  • Joanne Adeluola (2017/18) 
  • Catherine Povey (2016/17)  – PhD (Warwick)
  • Marcus Burgnon (2016/17)
  • Jasper Sach (2016/17)
  • Andrew Riley (2015/16)
  • Mat Wakeling (2015/16)  – PhD with Dr Paul Davies (Birmingham)
  • Pascal Delany (2015/16)  – PhD with Prof David Hodgson (Oxford)
  • Josh Farndon (2014/15)  – PhD with Dr John Bower (Bristol)
  • Jay Wright (2014/15) – PhD with Prof Patrick Steel (Durham); PDRA US
  • Tzu Hui (2014/15)
  • Matthew Gray (2013/14) – Research Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Kim Koell-Keith (2013/14) 
  • Matthew Crane (2013/14)
  • Graziella Dragomir (2012/13) – PhD with Dr Alan Aitken (St Andrews)
  • Harry Shrives (2012/13)  – PhD with Prof David Proctor (Manchester)
  • Glenn Ward (2011/12)
  • Bill Spencer (2011/12)
  • Jon Kedge (2011/12) –  PhD with Prof James Tucker (Birmingham) 
  • Lee Beasmore (2010/11) – Teaching
  • Parmjit Heer Kaur (2009/10) – PhD with Dr Paul Davies (Birmingham)
  • Denise Meyer (Erasmus)
  • Thomas Mietke (Erasmus)