Former Postgraduate Students

Helen Burke

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IRCSET Postgraduate student (2012 – 2016)

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

e-mail: heburke@tcd.ie

Helen’s research is on the development of luminescent probes for carbohydrate-active enzyme activity in situ through the design of active Ln(III) complexes of novel cyclen-carbohydrate conjugates. Her research is specialised in carbohydrates and she is based in the laboratory of Dr. Eoin M. Scanlan, TCD. She submitted her thesis in December 2016 and graduated in Spring 2017.

Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy Postgraduate studentB.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College DublinStarted: 2007

e-mail: smurph21@tcd.ie

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a B.A.(Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry. For my senior sophister project I worked under the supervision of Prof. Paul O’ Neill at the University of Liverpool on the synthesis of anti-malaria agents. My PhD project concentrates on the development and biological evaluation of potential anti-cancer drugs. My passions include shopping, cinema, dancing, reading and travel.

Laura Truman

 

Laura Truman Postgraduate studentB.A. (Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry
Trinity College DublinStarted: 2008

e-mail: trumanl@tcd.ie

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 with a B.A.(Mod) in Medicinal Chemistry. For my senior sophister project I worked under the supervision of Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson at TCD on the synthesis of anti-cancer agents. My PhD project concentrates on sensing and imaging of biological important molecules using functional lanthanide luminescent gold nanoparticles My other interests include shopping, travelling and going out with friends.

Elaine Boyle

 

Elaine Boyle Postgraduate studentM.Sc. in Molecular Medicine
Trinity College DublinB.Sc. in Chemistry with German
Dublin City University

Started: 2008

e-mail: boyleel@tcd.ie

I graduated from Dublin City University in 2005 with a BSc.in Chemsitry with German. I then went on to complete a masters degree in molecular medicine in 2006. One of the aspects of my PhD project focuses on the development and evaluation of potential anion sensors, aswell as rotaxane formation. My interests include shopping, travel and languages and reading.

Swagata Banerjee

 

Swagata Banerjee Postgraduate studentM.Sc. in Biophysics & Molecular Biology
University of Calcutta, IndiaB.Sc. in Chemistry
University of Calcutta, India

Started: 2008

e-mail: banerjes@tcd.ie

Hi I’m Swagata. I have joined Trinity as a Joint student of Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson and Prof. John M. Kelly. My project focuses on the development and photophysical studies of naphthalimide derivatives and their interactions with DNA. Outside lab, I love travelling, movies, music and ofcourse spicy foods!!!

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 Robert Elmes

 

Dr Robert Elmes Postgraduate student

 

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

2007

e-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 studentPh.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 studentPh.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 studentS. 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. I’m also perpetually trying to remember what gyms look like inside, but get all-too-frequently distracted by many Dublin’s many pubs.

Dr Emma Veale

 

Dr Emma Veale Postdoctoral ResearcherPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin 

B.Sc. in Chemistry
NUI Maynooth

e-mail: eveale@tcd.ieWebsite:

I graduated with a BSc. (Hons 1.1, Chemistry) from NUI Maynooth and then with a PhD (funded by an IRCSET scholarship) in medicinal chemistry from TCD under the guidance of Prof. Gunnlaugsson. Currently, I am working in the group as a postdoctoral fellow on a commercialisation project.

Dr Cidalia Santos

 

Dr Cidalia Santos Postdoctoral ResearcherPh.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 researcherPh.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 studentS. E. Matthews Group

 

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

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

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

 

Dr Aoife O’Brien

 

Dr Aoife O'Brien Former postgraduate studentPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College DublinP.Grad.Dip. in Statistics
Trinity College Dublin

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

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Dr Claire Nolan

 

Dr Claire Nolan Former postgraduate studentPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin 

B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
Institute of Technology Tallaght

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Dr Caroline Phelan

 

Dr Caroline Phelan Former postgraduate studentPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin 

B.Sc. in Chemistry
University College Dublin

 

 

Dr Mark Glynn

 

Dr Mark Glynn Former postgraduate studentInstitute 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 studentPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin
B.A. (Mod) in ChemistryTrinity College Dublin

 

 

Dr Floriana Stomeo

 

Dr Floriana Stomeo Former Postgraduate studentPh.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 studentPh.D. in Chemistry
Trinity College Dublin 

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

 

 

Dr Gary Ryan

 

Dr Gary Ryan Former Postgraduate studentScholar of Trinity College Dublin

 

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

e-mail: ryangj@tcd.ie

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