Former Members

Dr. Salvador Blasco

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2016)

wpid-wp-1435160701751.jpegPhD in Chemistry, University of Valencia

Graduated in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Valencia.

e-mail: blascos@tcd.ie

Prior to joining TG, Salvador receive his PhD (cum laude) for his research in Bioinorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Enrique García-España.

Salvador was engaged in Ruthenium polypyridyl derivatives for biological applications, namely cancer signalling and treatment, interaction with biomolecules and other features. This project was funded by the Marie Curie actions.

 

Dr Sandra Bright

Dr Sandra Bright

Post-Doctoral Researcher (2014- 2016)

PhD in Biochemistry (2009)
Trinity College Dublin

BSc in Natural Sciences (2005)
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: brights@tcd.ie

Having graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin in 2005, I subsequently undertook a PhD in cell biology in TCD under the supervision of Dr. Zisterer looking at the development of novel pyrrolo-1,5-benzoxazepines compounds for treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia. In 2011, while under the direction of Prof. Williams, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow where my work focused on the application and development of photodynamic therapy and imaging agents.She then worked as the Principal Biochemist for the TG Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group.

 

Dr Joseph Byrne

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SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-2016)

IRCSET Postgraduate student (2010 – 2014)

B.Sc. General Science, Single Honours in Chemistry
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

e-mail: byrnej26@tcd.ie

Joe’s research was based upon the coordination chemistry of a new motif (btp) with transition and rare earth elements as a terpyridine analog with greater functionalisation ability – for application in luminescent probes, self-assembly structures and interlocked molecules by f-metal templating. Joe completed his PhD studies in the TG Group and continued his work as a postdoctoral researcher for a year before moving on to Bern, Switzerland to continue his academic career with Prof. Martin Albrecht.

Key Publications:

Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 196-209  (DOI: 10.1039/c3dt52309h)

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5302-5325 (DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00120F)

Inorg.Chem. 2015, 54, 1426-1439 (DOI: 10.1021/ic502384w)

Dr Komala Pandurangan

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Science Foundation Ireland Postdoctoral researcher (2011-2014)

Ph.D. (2011)
University College Dublin, Ireland

M.Phil. (2000)
University of Madras, India

M.Sc.

e-mail: pandurak@tcd.ie

Komala earned her M.Phil. at the University of Madras in 2000 under the supervision of Prof. S. Ramanathan before working as a researcher in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with Prof. Uday Maitra and Prof. S. Chandrasekaran (2001-2006). She undertook her doctoral studies in the University College Dublin under the supervision of Dr Grace Morgan (2006-2011) before joining the TG Group as an SFI Postdoctoral Researcher in 2011. Her research focuses on Lanthanide(III)-directed helicate self-assemblies, anion supramolecular chemistry and supramolecular gels.

Key Publications:

CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 1421-1431 (DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26718G)
Chem Commun., 2014, 50, 10819-10822 (DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04028G).

Dr Miguel Martinez-Calvo

Miguel Postdoctoral Researcher

 

2011 – 2015

e-mail: martinm9@tcd.ie

Miguel joined the group in 2011 after finishing his PhD in the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. Manuel R. Bermejo. He received a grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad to focus his research on the development of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes decorating AuNP as teragnostic agents. He was also working in the preparation of self-healing luminescent soft materials based on the lanthanide directed self-assembly.
Featured publications
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 ,1983–1992  (DOI: 10.1021/ja511799n)
Nanoscale, 2016,8, 563-574 (DOI: 10.1039/C5NR05598A)

Dr Jonathan Kitchen

Jonathan Kitchen_SIA_JPG_fit_to_width_INLINE Postdoctoral Researcher

 

2010 – 2014

e-mail: jkitchen@tcd.ieJ.A.Kitchen@soton.ac.uk

Originally from New Zealand, Jon obtained a first class honours degree (2006) and PhD (2009) at the University of Otago, New Zealand. PhD research focused on the development of Spin Crossover (SCO) active iron(II) complexes, which have potential application as new devices in the field of molecular electronics and nanotechnology, under the supervision of Prof. Sally Brooker. On completion of his thesis he remained in Prof. Brooker’s group as a PDRA before being awarded an IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology) Empower postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 to work with Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson at Trinity College Dublin. This research centred on the synthesis of lanthanide containing self-assemblies for the development of novel luminescent materials, applicable for both light emitting devices and potential biological imaging agents.

Robert Elmes

Robert Elmes Postgraduate student

B.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

Started: 2007

e-mail: elmesr@tcd.ie

Hi I’m Rob. I graduated from Trinity in 2007 with a B.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry after having spent 4 months in the lab of Thierry Durand in Montpellier. There I was involved in the synthesis of an anandamide mimic for elucidation of novel cannabinoid receptors. I started in the TG group in October 2007 where I am currently working on the synthesis of Ruthenium (II) Polypyridyl complexes and their biological evaluation as potential photodynamic therapeutic (PDT) agents for cancer treatment. When I’m not in the lab I can usually be found at home in Copper Face Jacks but only during the week and at weekends. I also like to surf and play football, rugby and golf.

 

Dr Brian McMahon

 

Dr Brian McMahon Postgraduate student

B.Sc. in Chemistry
Cork University

2007

e-mail: bmcmaho@tcd.ieWebsite:

Being the only Kerry man within the group, I graduated from UCC in 2007 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. I carried out my 4th Year project “Detection of Dopamine and Peptides at the Liquid/Liquid Interface using a 4-electrode potentiostat” in the Tyndall National Institute, under the supervision of Dr Damien Arrigan. The results of which are currently being published. In Oct 2007, I made the big move to Dublin to begin my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Gunnlaugsson (TCD) and Prof. Lee (RCSI) The aim of my PhD programme is to design, synthesize: a) ‘Dual contrast agents’ based on the use of iodine based contrast agents and fluorescent tags and b) Gd(III) based MRI contrast agents for targeting damaged bone structures. Besides Chemistry, I like to Socialise, drink, go to the cinema and of course make that lovely 4 and half hour trip home. People in the lab say I’m the loud one. I disagree.

Dr Susan Quinn

Dr Susan Quinn Former Postdoctoral ResearcherCABSIM Course Co-ordinator (Trinity College Dublin)Ph.D. in Chemistry
University College DublinB.Sc. in Chemistry
University College Dubline-mail: quinnsu@tcd.ie

I graduated from UCD with a B.Sc. Hons (Chemistry) in October 1997. I began my doctoral research in the nanochemistry group at UCD under the supervision of Prof. Donald Fitzmaurice. The aim of my research was to investigate the properties of DNA assembled, electron and energy, donor-acceptor systems in solution, and at the surface of nanoparticles. This interdisciplinary project involved the design of different DNA systems, the synthesis of organic and inorganic complexes, and the preparation of both metal (gold) and semiconductor (TiO2) nanoparticles. Within this work, key factors for consideration were: understanding chemical recognition interactions that facilitate “bottom-up” assembly; the tuning of system properties to allow assembly of components while maintaining their integral stability; and the selection and development of characterisation methods.

Upon completion of my Ph.D. I commenced my postdoctoral research under the direction Prof. John Kelly and Prof. Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson. The focus of this research is the study of anti-cancer agents based on (i) charged chromium metal complexes and (ii) novel aromatic molecules. The project involves organic, inorganic and solid phase synthesis and the spectroscopic characterisation of DNA interactions. Currently, I am also collaborating with Dr Jonathan Coleman (physics) studying DNA-stabilized single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Dr Gillian Hussey

Dr Gillian Hussey Former postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College DublinP.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College DublinB.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

Dr Raman Parkesh

Dr Raman Parkesh Former postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College DublinM.Sc. in Chemistry

Dr Katell Sénéchal

Dr Katell Sénéchal Former postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Universite de Rennes, Bretagne, FranceM.Sc. in Chemistry
Universite de Rennes, Bretagne, France

Dr Romain Viguier

Dr Romain Viguier Former Postdoctoral ResearcherPh.D. in Molecular Chemistry
University of Grenoble, France

Dr Joseph Leonard

Dr Joseph Leonard Former Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College DublinM.Sc. in Applied Statistics
Institute of Technology TallaghtB.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
Institute of Technology TallaghtP.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College DublinDiploma in Applied Chemistry
Institute of Technology Tallaghte-mail: joeleonar@gmail.com

Dr Anthony McElligot

Dr Anthony McElligot

Dr Juliann Tierney

Dr Juliann Tierney Former postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
University of Bristol
B.A. in ChemistryTrinity College Dublin

Dr Sally Plush

Dr Sally Plush Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
University of AdelaideB.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry
University of Adelaidee-mail: plushs@tcd.ie

Dr Julien Massue

Dr Julien Massue Former Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Materials Chemistry
University of Rennes 1, FranceM.Sc. in Molecular Chemistry
University of Rennes 1, Francee-mail: massuej@tcd.ie

Dr Frederick Pfeffer

Dr Frederick Pfeffer Former Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Deakin University, AustraliaBachelors Degree
Deakin University, Australiae-mail:

Dr Andrew Harte

Dr Andrew Harte Former Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College DublinB.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dubline-mail: andrewjharte@gmail.com

Dr Celine Blais

Dr Celine Blais Former Postdoctoral researcherPh.D. in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College DublinB.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
University of Kingston, Kingston-Upon-ThamesDeug A
University of Sciences of Poitierse-mail: blaisc@tcd.ie

 

Former Postgraduate Students

Dr Brian McMahon

Dr Brian McMahon Fomer Postgraduate student

B.Sc. in Chemistry
Cork University

2007

e-mail: bmcmaho@tcd.ieWebsite:

Being the only Kerry man within the group, I graduated from UCC in 2007 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. I carried out my 4th Year project “Detection of Dopamine and Peptides at the Liquid/Liquid Interface using a 4-electrode potentiostat” in the Tyndall National Institute, under the supervision of Dr Damien Arrigan. The results of which are currently being published. In Oct 2007, I made the big move to Dublin to begin my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Gunnlaugsson (TCD) and Prof. Lee (RCSI) The aim of my PhD programme is to design, synthesize: a) ‘Dual contrast agents’ based on the use of iodine based contrast agents and fluorescent tags and b) Gd(III) based MRI contrast agents for targeting damaged bone structures. Besides Chemistry, I like to Socialise, drink, go to the cinema and of course make that lovely 4 and half hour trip home. People in the lab say I’m the loud one. I disagree.

Dr Robert Elmes

Dr Robert Elmes Postgraduate studentB.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin2007e-mail: elmesr@tcd.ieWebsite:

Hi I’m Rob. I graduated from Trinity in 2007 with a B.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry after having spent 4 months in the lab of Thierry Durand in Montpellier. There I was involved in the synthesis of an anandamide mimic for elucidation of novel cannabinoid receptors. I started in the TG group in October 2007 where I am currently working on the synthesis of Ruthenium (II) Polypyridyl complexes and their biological evaluation as potential photodynamic therapeutic (PDT) agents for cancer treatment. When I’m not in the lab I can usually be found at home in Copper Face Jacks but only during the week and at weekends. I also like to surf and play football, rugby and golf.

Dr Christophe Lincheneau

Dr Christophe Lincheneau Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

M.Sc. in Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry
University of Bordeaux, France

B.Sc. in Bioorganic Chemistry
University of Bordeaux, France

e-mail: linchenc@tcd.ie

I’m Christophe, I’m French and I have one of those terrible accents… I have done all my studies in Bordeaux and… obviously I like wine. After my BSc in biochemistry, I fell in love with light and now, I’m here, working on the photophysical studies of lanthanide complexes! (such a good craic!!!)I have been Converted very young to “water-poloism” (a branch of swimmism!), and I’m actually playing for Trinity College… I enjoy reading, and I’m a telly addict… So not a lot of time to sleep!!!

Dr Jennifer Molloy

Dr Jennifer Molloy Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

2006-2010

e-mail: molloyjk@tcd.ie

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 and spent 3 months enjoying Toronto before starting postgraduate studies in October 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson. My work is based on the development of cyclen based dinuclear lanthanide complexes as ribonuclease mimics. Other things you might like to know about me: I practise martial arts!

Dr Doireann Moore

Dr Doireann Moore Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology
NUI Maynooth

2005-2009

e-mail: moored1@tcd.ie

I graduated from NUI Maynooth in September 2005 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology. My love of chemistry combined with my interest in biology led me to the TG group’s webpage where I found a supervisor (Thorri!) with whom I could combine those two. My project is focusing on two topics: (i) the synthesis of bis-cyclen systems for the cleavage of RNA, and (ii) development and synthesis of anticancer drugs. Then I get to evaluate all of these biologically. Am I going to save the world or what?? 🙂 When I’m not in the chemistry lab I enjoy music, singing, reading, and I’m currently attempting to teach myself to knit. So far there have been various scarves. One day I will create something that necessitates sleeves!

Dr Daniel Frímannsson

Dr Daniel Frímannsson Former postgraduate studentP

h.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

B.Sc. in Biochemistry
University of Iceland

2004-2008

e-mail: frimannd@tcd.ie

I graduated from University of Iceland in 2004. There I worked under the supervision of Prof. Jon K. F. Geirsson and Prof. Bjarni Asgeirsson and their great research group, synthesising chymotrypsin inhibitors.
My project involves making polyamides built on the pyridine amino acid. Potentially they would adopt a concave structure that would fit the minor groove of DNA. In addition they would have hydrogen-bonding properties. Another side of my project involves testing and elucidating a mechanism for novel anti-cancer therapeutics that is being synthesised in TG lab. This work is done in St James’ Hospital in collaboration with Prof. Mark Lawler and Dr Tony McElligott.
My research interests are hypoxic drugs, biological sensors and the field of molecular simulation.
I was awarded a grant from the Memorial Fund of Helgu Jónsdóttur and Sigurliða Kristjánssonar in 2005.
Outside work I play football, try out different pubs, travel, play the guitar and dream about Iceland.

Dr Eoin Quinlan

Dr Eoin Quinlan Former postgraduate student

S. E. Matthews Group

P.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: quinlane@tcd.ieWebsite: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~c084/

I am a 2001 graduate of Trinity College and native of Dublin. Having spent part of my undergraduate course at McGill, Montréal, carrying out research, I chose to carry on with postgraduate research. I am now in the fourth year of my Ph.D., which is being carried out under primary supervision of Dr. Susan Matthews, who is now lecturing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Susan’s departure has left me now under the daily supervision of Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson.
My work involves the synthesis of calix[4]arene derivatives. Incorporation of amide moieties at the lower rim allows for binding of lanthanide ions (e.g. gadolinium), while selective functionalisation at the upper rim provides a handle for further biological conjugation. Ultimately, our aim is to prepare site-specific, polymer-bound MRI contrast agents, though efficient hosts for lanthanides are finding increasing use in nuclear waste remediation, therapeutic radiography and RNA cleavage.
Beyond the lab, I like to listen to lots of different types of music, visit the cinema fairly often, and like to apply my synthetic skills to the kitchen.

Dr Cidalia Santos

Dr Cidalia Santos Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2007)
Trinity College, Dublin

Licenciatura (Chemistry)
University of Coimbra, Portugal

e-mail: santoscm@tcd.ie

I was born in Tondela, a small town in the center-north of Portugal. I first joined Thorri’s Supramolecular Chemistry group as a visiting student in November 2000, while still an undergraduate student at the University of Coimbra. It was at this stage that the passion for lanthanide chemistry and anion sensing started to germinate. After finishing my degree back home, I joined once again Dr. Gunnlaugsson’s group in April 2003 as a postgraduate student. My work focused on the design, synthesis and photophysical evaluation of novel luminescent sensing devices. I truly enjoyed my stay in Ireland, and particularly to work with Thorri and all the group members along the way. Being so hard to leave, I’m continuing with the group as a post-doctoral researcher.

Dr Lisa Jane Gillespie

Dr Lisa Jane Gillespie Former Postgraduate student

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

Scholar of Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: gilleslj@tcd.ie

Dr Lin Ali (Haslin Dato Paduka Haji Ali)

Dr Lin Ali (Haslin Dato Paduka Haji Ali) Former Postgraduate student

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: datopah@tcd.ie

Claire Butler

Claire Butler Former Postgraduate student

M.Sc. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: clbutler@tcd.ie

Dr Andrew Harte

Dr Andrew Harte Former Postdoctoral researcher

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: andrewjharte@gmail.com

Dr Deborah Moore

Dr Deborah Moore Former Postgraduate student

S. E. Matthews Group

P.Grad.Dip. in Quality Improvement
Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: demoore@tcd.ie

Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~c084/

Dr Aoife O’Brien

Dr Aoife O'Brien Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

P.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College Dublin

B.Sc. in “Chemistry with Extended Studies in Europe”
Queen’s University of Belfast

e-mail:

Dr Claire Nolan

Dr Claire Nolan Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
Institute of Technology Tallaght

e-mail:

Dr Caroline Phelan

Dr Caroline Phelan Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

B.Sc. in Chemistry
University College Dublin

Dr Mark Glynn

Dr Mark Glynn Former postgraduate student

Institute of Technology Tallaght

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

P.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College Dublin

B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
Institute of Technology Tallaght

Diploma in Applied Chemistry

Dr Sinead Mulready

Dr Sinead Mulready Former postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin
B.A. (Mod) in ChemistryTrinity College Dublin

Dr Floriana Stomeo

Dr Floriana Stomeo Former Postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin

Laurea in Chemistry
University of Pavia, Italy

e-mail: stomeof@tcd.ie

Dr Ann-Marie Fanning

Dr Ann-Marie Fanning Former Postgraduate student

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

Dr Gary Ryan

Dr Gary Ryan Former Postgraduate student

Scholar of Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: ryangj@tcd.ie

Former Visiting Students

Anna Kahkoska

Anna Kahkoska Former visiting summer student

Stefano de Solis

Stefano de Solis Visiting Student

desolis84@gmail.com

Pablo Barrio-F.

Pablo Barrio-F. Former visiting researcher

Siobhan Hughes

Siobhan Hughes Former visiting researcherScholar of Trinity College Dublin

B.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin

Jonas Neher

Jonas Neher Former visitng researcher

Juliet Cotter

Juliet Cotter Former visiting researcher

Hannes Liesch

Hannes Liesch Former visiting researcher

Nicolas Nguyen-Van

Nicolas Nguyen-Van Former visiting researcher