Professor Ed Anderson completed his undergraduate degree at Oxford in 1997, and his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Andrew Holmes in 2001. This was followed by a postdoctoral position with Professor Erik Sorensen at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, working on transition metal catalysis applied to steroid synthesis, and then a Junior Research Fellowship at Homerton College, Cambridge with Professor Ian Paterson on the total synthesis of complex polyketide natural products. In 2007, Professor Anderson was appointed as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in Oxford, and took up a Lectureship at Jesus College, Oxford, in 2009. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2016.
His research encompasses a wide range of organic chemistry, from the development of new synthetic methods and associated mechanistic studies, to the synthesis of small molecules and their applications in biological contexts. He collaborates with researchers in computational chemistry, parasitology, EPR spectroscopy, natural product biosynthesis, and nucleic acid chemistry, as well as with industry in the field of small caged molecules.