Dr Gemma Scotney started her chemistry career with a First Class (Hons) Masters Degree from the University of Leicester, where she spent her third year working for Astra Zeneca in Sweden. She then moved to Imperial College London to study for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Chris Braddock, looking into Catalytic Asymmetric Olefinic Bromination reactions. In 2004, she moved to Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent, working as a Process Chemist, an API Project lead, and most recently as a Sourcing Manager in the external supply group.
Over the last seven years, Dr Scotney has been an active STEM ambassador, supporting chemistry outreach through her role at Pfizer, independently in her local community and through membership of the Kent Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was so passionate about outreach that she left Pfizer for a brief period of time to train to be a Secondary School chemistry teacher, however it wasn’t the right challenge for her.
Dr Scotney is married to James (whom she met at Imperial College) and they have two daughters, Erika (8) and Greta (6). Both girls enjoy doing science at home with their mum and have been keen helpers at some of the events that Dr Scotney has organised.