Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2017 Winner


Dr Elaine O'Reilly
Dr Elaine O'Reilly
The University of Nottingham

 

Awarded for her development of methodology that expands and simplifies biocatalytic amine synthesis

 


About the Winner


Elaine O'Reilly was born and raised in Dublin and completed her degree in chemistry at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2006. She remained at UCD for her PhD studies under the direction of Dr Francesca Paradisi, where she worked on new strategies for the synthesis of non-natural amino acids. Elaine was awarded her PhD in 2010 and moved to the University of Manchester to carry out postdoctoral research with Prof. Nicholas Turner. In 2014, she began her independent research career at Manchester Metropolitan University before moving to her current position of Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology at The University of Nottingham in 2015.

Elaine's research focuses on the development of novel enzymes and methodologies that enable entirely new biocatalytic disconnections. An important aspect of her research is ensuring that the biocatalytic methodology is operationally simple and appealing to synthetic chemists. A number of her projects focus on ?-transaminase enzymes, which are emerging as extremely important catalysts for the synthesis of optically pure chiral amines. Her research goals are centred on overcoming the challenges that hamper the widespread application of these biocatalysts. 


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