Group Members

Dr. Matt Tredwell carried out both his part II and his DPhil at Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Gouverneur before heading over to Cambridge to post-doc with Dr. Matt Gaunt. Matt then rejoined the Gouverneur group as a post-doc researcher.
Dr. Zhanghua Gao (Mark) got his PhD degree in Lanzhou University, working in the synthesis of terpenoids with professor Wei-Dong Li. He then joined professor Kocieński’s group in Leeds University as a postdoc, focusing on the synthesis of Ionomycin, a polyether ionophore. He worked in chemical industry in Sunderland and Southampton prior to moving in Oxford to join the VG group.
Dr. Enrico Emer received his PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Bologna in 2009, working on the temperature and water effects on organo- and biocatalysis, under the supervision of Prof. D. Giacomini. In the same year he moved to the National Council of Research (Italy) working on the synthesis and biological evaluation of new SARMs, for the treatment of prostate cancer. From 2010 to 2012 he joined the group of Prof. P. G. Cozzi as a postdoc, focusing on new SN1-type organocatalitic transformations. He is currently working on new metal-catalysed fluorinations.
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Dr. Pavlina Schmitz graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. She studied the effects of ionising radiation on polymers, under the supervision of Prof. Simon Pimblott, in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame, USA. Her research experience is in the field of radiochemistry, radiation chemistry and materials science. She worked as a Project Officer at the European Commission in Belgium prior to undertaking the post of Project Manager for RADIOMI.
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Dr. Sean Preshlock received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Tulane University. He then completed his PhD work under Prof. Milton R. Smith, III in collaboration with Prof. Robert E. Maleczka, Jr. at Michigan State University working on the stoichiometric and catalytic C-H borylation of arenes. Sean then joined the Gouverneur group in 2013 working on the fluorination of heteroaromatics.
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Dr. Stefan Gruber received his BSc and MSc in Chemistry from the ETH Zurich where he focused on organic and organometallic chemistry. As a graduate student in the group of Prof. Paul S. Pregosin at the ETH Zurich, he worked in the area of ruthenium-catalyzed allylation reactions. In 2010, he moved to the University of Basel for a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz where he worked in the field of iridium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation reactions. In November 2013, he joined the Gouverneur group to work on the development of novel methods for fluorine-18 labelling of compounds for PET-imaging.
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Dr. Emmanuelle Dubost received her PhD degree in chemistry at the University of Caen (France) in 2010. Under the supervision of Pr. Frédéric Fabis, she worked on the conception, the synthesis and the biological evaluation of new phenanthridines as serotoninergic 5-HT4 receptors ligands. In 2012, she moved to CEA in Saclay (France) in the team of Dr. Bernard Rousseau, where she worked on the synthesis of new cryptophanes as biosensors for 129Xe MRI. She joined the VG group in May 2014, to work on trifluoromethylation reactions.