Blogging about our bloggers

Meet the team who contribute to the Chemical Science, ChemComm and Chem Soc Rev blogs

Cally Haynes

I was born in London and studied chemistry at Wadham college, Oxford. I am currently working with Professor Phil Gale at the University of Southampton, after recently completing my PhD in the same group. My research to date has focused on the supramolecular chemistry of anions, and in particular the transmembrane transport of chloride and bicarbonate. I am a member of a highly successful pub quiz team and a keen Arsenal supporter.

Alice Williamson

I was born and raised in Warrington where I completed  A-levels at Priestley College. I then moved a bit further north to spend four great years studying for a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Leeds. As part of my degree, I spent a year working in industry at the pharmaceutical company F. Hoffmann La Roche in Basel, Switzerland. I then returned to Leeds to complete my masters research project in the group of Professor Philip Kocienski.In October 2007, I moved to the University of Cambridge to complete a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Matthew J. Gaunt where I have been working on new strategies for catalytic asymmetric arylation. Outside of the lab I enjoy going to gigs, socialising with friends and trying to remember how to play tennis.
 

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Since the completion of my Ph.D. in Professor Duncan Graham’s group (University of Strathclyde) in 2009, I have been working as a post-doctoral researcher in Dr Nial Wheate’s group at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. My current research is focused on the development of improved delivery and efficacy of platinum-based anticancer drugs.After a six month career break this year in Zambia, volunteering for a medical NGO, I have been inspired to start my own charity with the help of some friends, which aims to empower teachers in rural schools in Zambia to deliver practical science education that supports the local curriculum using locally available materials.Now back in Glasgow, I am resuming my role as a STEM ambassador as well as rediscovering my penchant for all things (old) lady like; baking, crocheting, sewing and tea.
 

Iain Larmour

Iain Larmour

I was born and bred in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I studied for a BSc in chemistry at Queen’s University of Belfast, gaining a first class honours before starting a PhD with Dr Steven Bell, where I discovered a passion, along with a small amount of ability, for research.My thesis ended up being focused on superhydrophobic metal coatings, although I spent time on various other interesting spectroscopy and materials based projects along the way. Several papers, a couple of patents and a removed appendix later and I passed my final viva. The Royal Irish Academy awarded my thesis their prize for young chemists for 2008.Deciding that winter nights weren’t quite long enough, I moved north a bit to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where I’m undertaking postdoctoral research with Prof. Duncan Graham in the area of single and few molecule detection by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. I still carry out unrelated but interesting little side projects when I can and thoroughly enjoy the art of “networking” (socialising with old and new friends). Beyond work, I am a keen photographer with some of my photos recently being exhibited at a local arts festival. I have a long list of places I want to visit to take photographs most of them in hotter climes. Some day I also hope to receive a complimentary RSC mug…one can but dream.
   
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  2. [...] Soc Rev, as well as ChemComm and Chemical Science, has recently recruited 5 new community science writers for our blogs – we are pleased to welcome Alice Williamson, Cally Haynes, Sarah Brown, Iain [...]

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