Vijay Chudasama is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UCL) and is a Co-Founder/Director of UCL spin-out ThioLogics™. He has won multiple prizes and awards (departmental, faculty, national, international) throughout his academic career such as the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Medal (2008), UK Science, Engineering and Technology Chemist of the Year (2008) and the Ramsay Medal (2011). He has been highlighted by Scientific American (2013), Forbes Magazine (2015), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015) and CNN News (2016) as a future leader in chemistry. In addition, he was the Howard Prize Lecturer for 2018. During his career, Vijay has been supervised by Professor Steven Caddick, Dr Jon Wilden, Dr Richard Fitzmaurice and Dr Mark Smith.
Vijay has research interests in the development and application of novel methodologies in organic chemistry and chemical biology, resulting in over 85 publications and patents, including highlights in Nature Chemistry, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Nature Reviews Chemistry, PNAS USA, ACS Nano and Chemical Science. An appreciable amount of this work has been carried out in close collaboration with Dr James Baker (UCL).
Professor Chudasama is grateful for the fantastic opportunities that the UK provides for people to achieve from different backgrounds, especially as he feels he is a case in point. While not perfect, he feels that the great openings that the UK offers are not highlighted or appreciated enough: Vijay tries to actively promote these opportunities through his mentoring and other activities. Outside of work, Vijay enjoys playing an active role in various community associations and charities.