Alex Tiniakos, Mohammed Alkattan
Alan is from Utrecht, The Netherlands. He graduated from the University of York in July 2014 with an MChem in Chemistry. In his final undergraduate year he worked with Dr. Paul Clark on a stereodivergent oxa‐Michael reaction and its applications towards the total synthesis of phorboxazole. He joined the Prunet group in October 2014, and is currently working towards the total synthesis of thapsigargin and analogues. Alan’s hobbies and interests include going to gigs, playing Ultimate Frisbee and travelling.
Mohammed graduated from Damascus University with a BSc in Applied Chemistry. After two years of practical experience as a chemist in pharmaceutical labs he obtained an MSc in Drug Chemistry with distinction from Newcastle University. Mohammed then gained some research experience in nanotechnology for polymer-drug formulations at the University of Nottingham and AstraZeneca. He then started his joint PhD project between the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow to investigate Ring-Closing Metathesis (RCM) as an efficient method to prepare and control the conformation of cyclopolymers. Mohammed is studying how RCM can afford stereoregular cyclic architectures to make functional cyclopolyethers and cyclopolyesters. This covers synthesising some novel monomers. Outside of the lab he enjoys playing badminton and football.
From the island of Andros in Greece, he moved to London 2011-2014 to do a bachelor in chemistry at Queen Mary University of London. He then continued to do an MSci research (again at Queen Mary) , with project title “Synthesis of unusual non proteinogenic amino acids”. Joined Prunet group 2015 and working on total synthesis of Dolabelide C as well as methodology for the synthesis of tri-substituted olefins using silicon tethered ring closing metathesis. Outside the lab he enjoys skateboarding, spearfishing, hiking and driving motorbikes.
Andrea Carolina Ojeda-Porras is from Bogota, Colombia. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2014 from Universidad de los Andes. In the same year, she started her M.Sc under the supervision of Dr. Diego Gamba-Sanchez and obtained her degree in 2016. Her research in Gamba’s group was focused on the development of new synthetic methodologies for amides and thioamides with high atom-economy as well as the study of the Pummerer reaction toward the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. She joined the Prunet group in October 2016 and is currently working in the synthesis of an advanced intermediate of Taxol. Outside of the lab she enjoys dancing and reading, as well as swimming and riding horses.