New Editorial and Advisory Board Members

A warm welcome to Géraldine Masson, Govindasamy Mugesh, Gonçalo Bernardes and Ratmir Derda

We are very pleased to welcome two new members to our Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Editorial Board and two new members to our Advisory Board – Dr Géraldine Masson (Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, France) and Professor Govindasamy Mugesh (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India), and Dr Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge, UK) and Dr Ratmir Derda (University of Alberta, Canada).

Géraldine Masson received her PhD in 2003 from the Joseph Fourier University, (France), under the supervision of Dr. Sandrine Py and Prof. Yannick Vallée. In the years 2003–2005 she was a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Jan van Maarseveen and Prof. Henk Hiemstra at the University of Amsterdam (Holland). In 2005, she joined the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (CNRS, France) as Chargé de Recherche and was promoted to Director of Research 2nd class in 2014. Her group’s research activities are directed toward the development of new organocatalytic enantioselective reactions and novel synthetic methodologies, and photoredox catalysis and their application in the synthesis of diverse natural and unnatural molecules displaying biologically activities.


Mugesh received his B.Sc. (1990) and M.Sc. (1993) degrees from the University of Madras and Bharathidasan University, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. (1998) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany and a Skaggs postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. Mugesh is an author of more than 120 publications in international peer reviewed journals. He received several awards and recognitions, which include: J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Government of India (2016); Asian Rising Star Commemorative Plaque, Asian Chemical Congress (2013), Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2013), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2012), Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India (2012), AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award (2012); Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (2012); Swarnajayanti Fellowship, Government of India (2006-07).

His research interests include:

  • chemistry of thyroid hormone metabolism,
  • development of novel therapeutics for endothelial dysfunction and neurodegenerative diseases, and
  • nanomaterials for biological applications.

Gonçalo Bernardes graduated in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon in 2004 and soon moved to the University of Oxford where he completed his D.Phil. in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Ben Davis. He was then awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship to perform postdoctoral studies with Prof. Peter H. Seeberger. After a short period in Portugal working as a Group Leader at Alfama Lda., Gonçalo moved to the ETH Zürich to join the lab of Prof. Dario Neri. Gonçalo started his independent research career in 2013 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge after being awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Simultaneously, he founded a pioneering research unit in Chemical Pharmacology at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon. Despite his early age, he has published >50 papers and 5 patents. He has picked many accolades during his research career such as the European Young Chemist Award – Silver Medal in 2014, and more recentlythe Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2016 and the RSC Harrison–Meldola Memorial Prize. For his efforts in translational research, Gonçalo was distinguished by the Portuguese Ministry of Health (MH) of Portugal for relevant services to Public Health and Medicine.

He now spends his time between his labs in Cambridge and Lisbon, directing a research program at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on the development of novel chemoselective reactions for the modification of biomolecules, and their use to understand and influence human disease.

Ratmir Derda received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2001 and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, under the supervision of Laura L. Kiessling. From 2008 to 2011, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University working under the supervision of George M. Whitesides and Donald E. Ingber. He joined University of Alberta in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry and the Principal Investigator at the Alberta Glycomics Centre.

The Derda Lab centers on the development and mechanistic investigation of chemical transformations of genetically-encoded substrates. We employ genetically-encoded chemical libraries to attack unsolved problems in molecular recognition to aid the discovery of new therapeutics, biomaterials and molecular diagnostics.


Find some of their most recent RSC publications below or find out more about the other members of our Editorial and Advisory Boards here.


Catalytic, highly enantioselective, direct amination of enecarbamates
Audrey Dumoulin, Claudia Lalli, Pascal Retailleau and Géraldine Masson
Chem. Comm. , 2015, 51 , 5383-5386, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC08052A, Communication

One pot and selective intermolecular aryl- and heteroaryl-trifluoromethylation of alkenes by photoredox catalysis
Aude Carboni, Guillaume Dagousset, Emmanuel Magnier and Géraldine Masson
Chem. Comm. , 2014, 50 , 14197-14200, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC08052A, Communication

Insights into the catalytic mechanism of synthetic glutathione peroxidase mimetics
Debasish Bhowmick and Govindasamy Mugesh
Org. Biomol. Chem. , 2015, 13, 10262-10272, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB01665G, Review Article

Introduction of a catalytic triad increases the glutathione peroxidase-like activity of diaryl diselenides
Debasish Bhowmick and Govindasamy Mugesh
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 9072-9082, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB01294E, Paper

Iminoboronates are Efficient Intermediates for Selective, Rapid and Reversible N-Terminal Cysteine Functionalisation
Hélio Faustino, Maria José Silva, Luis F. Veiros, Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes and Pedro M. P. Gois
Chem. Sci., 2016, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C6SC01520D, Edge Article

Natural product modulators of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels as potential anti-cancer agents
Tiago Rodrigues, Florian Sieglitz and Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00916B, Tutorial Review

Phage-displayed macrocyclic glycopeptide libraries
Simon Ng and Ratmir Derda
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 5539-5545, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB02646F, Communication

Heat-enhanced peptide synthesis on Teflon-patterned paper
Frédérique Deiss, Yang Yang, Wadim L. Matochko and Ratmir Derda
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 5148-5156, DOI: 10.1039/C6OB00898D, Paper

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