Group Members

Francesco Ibba acquired both Bachelor and Master degree from the University of Genova (Italy). He carried out a Bachelor project as an exchange student in Porto (Portugal), in the lab of Prof. Fatima Paiva-Martins. His Master thesis was completed in the BioOrganic Chemistry Group of the University of Genova. He worked on the development of a new isocyanide-based multicomponent reaction, supervised by Prof. Andrea Basso. Then he moved to Basel (Switzerland) to work on an early-stage drug discovery project in Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR). He joined the Gouverneur group and the RADIOMI project in September 2015 for 7 months. Now he is an ISOTOPICS DPhil student.
Anna Chiara Vicini completed both her Bachelor (Industrial Chemistry) and Master (Chemistry) at the University of Bologna (Italy). She carried out her Bachelor project in the field of Asymmetric Organocatalysis under the supervision of Prof. Luca Bernardi (University of Bologna), while she completed her Master thesis as an Erasmus exchange student in the laboratories of Prof. Roland J. Pieters (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) working on carbohydrates. She joined the Gouverneur group in October 2016 as an ISOTOPICS DPhil student.
Jeroen Sap completed his MSci degree at Imperial College London, conducting his master thesis on nanoparticle-based dual-modal contrast agents under the supervision of Prof. Ramon Vilar. In October 2016, he joined the Gouverneur group to commence his DPhil studies. Currently he is working on late-stage fluorination chemistry and radiolabeling (PET). Outside the lab, Jeroen enjoys playing squash and travelling.
Synthesis for Biology and Medicine Rotation Project Students
Richard Surgenor is the recipient of the Oxford-Radcliffe SBM CDT Scholarship 2016. Originally from the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland, Richard studied for his MSci degree in Chemistry at the Queen’s University of Belfast. Under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Cook, Richard’s final year project was concerned with the construction of spiroketal synthons using asymmetric organocatalysis. Richard has also completed an NSERC funded summer project at the University of Alberta, investigating the role of a modified lysine residue in cerexin lipopeptides. After graduating, he then travelled to Hong Kong for an IAESTE internship, where he designed glycoconjugates of Chinese medicinal products. Whilst at Oxford, Richard hopes to discover how synthetic chemistry can be used to control biological processes involved in the onset of disease. Richard’s spare time is largely spent playing volleyball, watching cult movies and eating pizza!
Michael Tilby was born in Essex but raised in Hertfordshire, and completed his MChem degree at Keble College, Oxford. During his Part II year, Michael was supervised by Prof Michael Willis and collaborated with Prof Rob Paton, working on a project that attempted to determine the mechanism of Rhodium catalysed hydroacylation of sulphur tethered aldehydes, using a combined experimental and computational approach. For his DPhil, Michael is looking forward to learning more about the mechanism of metal mediated processes as well as exploring new areas of chemistry. When not tinkering in the lab or calculating something on the computer, he enjoys talking too much and travelling the world; Michael is also excited to immerse himself in graduate life and taking up new hobbies.
Robert Szpera is the recipient of the Lady Margaret Hall-SBM CDT Graduate Scholarship 2016. Robert graduated from the University of Southampton in 2015 with an MChem degree, having worked on the diastereoselective synthesis of fluorinated diols under the supervision of Prof Bruno Linclau for his masters research project. Following graduation, Robert continued to work in Prof Linclau’s lab for a further 5 months, preparing a series of fluorinated glucose and galactose derivatives. Robert is currently particularly interested in asymmetric transition metal catalysis. In his spare time Robert enjoys travelling, hiking, scuba diving, swimming in the sea, and going to the pub.