Dr Katherine Wheelhouse studied for her MChem at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating in 2004; her final year project was carried out under the supervision of Professor Timothy Donohoe in the area of ring-closing metathesis for heterocycle synthesis. She remained in the Donohoe group for her DPhil, developing osmium-mediated oxidative cyclisation reactions, before joining GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as a process development chemist in 2008.
Since 2011 Katherine has specialised in the application of chemical catalysis to pharmaceutical development and manufacture, impacting around 100 projects across all stages of development through practical support or consultation. She currently leads GSK’s global chemical catalysis community of practice. Throughout this time, she has been a champion of modernised approaches to chemical development, including automation, high-throughput experimentation and reaction monitoring. Katherine’s role expanded in 2021 to encompass broader technology strategy and application within small molecule chemical development.
Katherine is a strong believer in collaboration for innovation, being active in a range of academic collaborations and multinational consortia throughout the last decade. She is a GSK scientific fellow, a member of the RSC Applied Catalysis Committee and of the editorial advisory board of the journal Organic Process Research and Development.