Dr Grzegorz Pikus 

January 2020 -

Grzegorz received his MSci from the Warsaw University of Technology in 2011. He then started PhD studies at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw), in the group of Professor J. Jurczak, conducting research into the supramolecular chemistry of macrocycles and molecular recognition, receiving his PhD degree in 2016. In 2017 he started working at NanoThea Radiopharmaceuticals, a biotech start-up company co-founded by Professor T. Ciach, where he was a part of multi-disciplinary team, developing a nanoparticle technology for early diagnosis of cancer. In 2019, Grzegorz joined the University of Bristol as a PDRA in the group of Professor Tim Gallagher exploring the chemistry of nicotinic receptors. In 2020, Grzegorz joined the Collins Group as a PDRA to work on autonomous chemically-fuelled artificial molecular motors.

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Dr Jordan Berreur

January 2021 -

Jordan received his MSci from the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France, along with a chemical engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (ENSCMu) in 2017. He then moved to Strasbourg to pursue his PhD at the Laboratoire d’Innovation Moléculaire et Applications (CNRS/University of Strasbourg), under the supervision of Dr Frédéric Leroux, working on the development of chiral metal-free Lewis acids and their application in asymmetric catalysis. In 2021, Jordan joined the Collins Group as a PDRA to work with Dr Beatrice Collins and Professor Jonathan Clayden on biocatalytically driven autonomous rotary molecular motors.




Aidan McFord 

May 2019 -

Aidan obtained his MSci from the University of Bristol in 2018, after completing a masters research project focused on gold redox catalysis under the supervision of Dr Chris Russell. During his time at Bristol, Aidan has worked on several short research projects ranging between synthetic organic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and computational chemistry. In 2018 Aidan joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis hosting in the School of Chemistry at Bristol and in May 2019 he joined the Collins group and is currently working towards the development of a chemically-fuelled, autonomous rotary molecular motor. Aidan's work is co-supervised by Dr Natalie Fey.

Michael Chronias 

September 2019 -

Michael graduated with an MSci from the University of Cambridge in 2018, completing his final year project in photoredox catalysis under the supervision of Professor Matthew Gaunt. He then moved to Oxford where he spent one year working as a process chemist at Aptuit, an Evotec Company. Michael joined the Collins group in September 2019 and his current project is investigating autonomous linear motion at the molecular level.


Oliver Bayley

March 2020 -

Originally from New Zealand, Olly graduated with a Masters in Drug Development from Victoria University of Wellington at the beginning of  2019. After his Masters, which focused on natural product total synthesis, he moved to Auckland to work for the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre and develop compounds for clinical trials.  His current project looks at the design and synthesis of single bond rotors

Connah Harris 

July 2020 -

Connah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019. During his final year project, he worked with Dr Simon Hall FRSC working to find superconductive organic crystals comprised of halogenated chalcone molecules. In October 2019, Connah joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Synthesis hosted in the School of Chemistry at Bristol. After short rotations in the Collins group and in the group of Professor Carmen Galan, Connah started his research PhD, co-supervised by Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing and Dr Beatrice Collins, using ultrafast spectroscopy to investigate the behaviour of molecular motors. 


Olivia Watts

June 2021 -

Graduated from the University of Manchester in 2020. During her final year project, she worked under the supervision of Prof. David Leigh in developing the use of metal-free active template reactions to synthesise higher order rotaxanes. In 2018 she undertook a year abroad at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she also spent the summer of 2019 working with Assoc. Prof. Roderick Bates on the total synthesis of asperidine B.

Emma Hollis

June 2021 -

Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020. She completed a summer placement with Prof. Chris Willis in 2019 working on isomeric studies of the polyketide natural product kalimantacin. She continued in the Willis group for her final year project where she collaborated with Dr Joleen Masschelein at KU Leuven in Belgium, investigating the biosynthesis of the natural product oximidine. She synthesised pantetheine bound substrates, which were to be used in bioassays to further understand the role and function of specific enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway to oximidine.




Carlijn van Beek, Visiting Student from the University of Groningen: January 2021 - April 2021

Natalie Awcock, MSci Project Student: October 2020 - May 2021

Jamie Dale, MSci Project Student: October 2019 - May 2020

Gandeepan Parthasarathy, PDRA: June 2019 - December 2019

Isaac Haigh, MSci Project Student: October 2018 - May 2019