Speakers will include

Yimon Aye

EPFL, Switzerland

Presentation title: Training native electrophiles

Born and raised in Burma, Yimon Aye achieved her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Chemistry/Organic Chemistry at Oxford (UK) and Harvard (USA, with David Evans), respectively.

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Margaret Brimble

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Presentation title: Nature’s medicine chest: Opportunities for synthesis

Margaret is Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland where her research focuses on the synthesis of bioactive natural products and peptide chemistry.

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Noah Burns

Noah Burns

Stanford University, USA

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Lee Cronin

University of Glasgow, UK

Presentation title: The Metaphysics of Chemical Reactivity

Leroy (Lee) Cronin FRSE was born in the UK in 1973 and was appointed to be Regius Professor of Chemistry in Glasgow in 2013 after being a professor (2009 & 2006) and reader in Glasgow since 2002. Between 2000-2002 he was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Alexander von Humboldt research fellow (Uni. of Bielefeld); 1997-1999: Research fellow (Uni. of Edinburgh); 1997: Ph.D. Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, Uni. of York; 1994 BSc. Chemistry, First Class, Uni. of York.

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Karl Gademann

Karl Gademann

University of Zurich, Switzerland

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John F Hartwig

University of California Berkeley, USA

Winner: Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity

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Hosea Nelson

University of California Los Angeles, USA

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Richard J. Payne

The University of Sydney, Australia

Presentation title: Accelerated synthesis of modified proteins via novel ligation technologies

Richard Payne is Professor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology within the School of Chemistry at The University of Sydney, Australia.

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Rebecca T. Ruck


Dr. Rebecca T. Ruck joined Merck Research Laboratories, Process Research & Development in 2005 and is currently Executive Director of Enabling Technologies, PR&D in Rahway, NJ. Her team is tasked with leveraging its expertise in areas such as Catalysis, Biotechnology and Flow Chemistry to enable synthetic routes for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the Merck pipeline and developing new capabilities that will allow us to continue to do so into the future.

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Angela Russell

University of Oxford, UK

Presentation title: Chemistry for regenerative medicine: discovery of small molecules to manipulate stem cell fate

Angela J. Russell is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology, University of Oxford.

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Ryan Shenvi

The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, USA

Presentation title: Chemical synthesis of secondary metabolites

Winner of the  2019 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Organic Synthesis

Ryan Shenvi was born in 1981 in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Penn State University, where he was a research student with Professor John Desjarlais (protein biophysics, calmodulin conformational change) and Professor Ray Funk (organic chemistry, ottelione A/B synthesis).

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Hiroaki Suga

University of Tokyo, Japan

Presentation title: Revolutionizing the discovery process of bioactive peptides by the RaPID system

Professor Hiroaki Suga received Ph. D. in Chemistry (1994) at MIT, USA.

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Raphaël Rodriguez

CNRS, France

Presentation title: Reprogramming the reactivity of iron in cancer

Winner of the  2019 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Raphaël Rodriguez, FRSC, was born October 27, 1978 in Avignon (France).

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Tirayut Vilaivan

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Presentation title: Pyrrolidinyl peptide nucleic acids: Synthesis, properties and applications

Tirayut Vilaivan was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1971 and obtained his DPhil in Organic Chemistry from Oxford in 1996 under supervision of the late Professor Gordon Lowe, FRS.

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Xiang Zhou

Wuhan University, China

Presentation title:Modifications of nucleic acids: Mapping and functional studies

Xiang Zhou’s research interests include: Design and synthesis small molecules targeting to nucleic acids; recognition and interaction of nucleic acids with small molecules; the biological studies of G-quadruplex DNA; anti-tumor drug discovery. Chemical modification of nucleic acids.

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To contribute to the programme please visit the submit abstract page: the deadline for submission of abstracts is
22 February 2019.