Susannah graduated from the University of York in 2003 with a first class MChem degree. Her final year was spent at the Université Joseph Fourier (France) carrying out a research project with Dr Jean-François Poisson, working on thermal [2+2] cycloadditions using dichloroketene. She remained at the University of York for her Ph.D. studies, working under the supervision of Professor Peter O’Brien on several aspects of novel aziridine chemistry. During her Ph.D. studies, Susannah spent a 3-month sabbatical working as an intern on a medicinal chemistry project at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel (Switzerland).
In 2007, Susannah moved to the Université Paris-Sud XI (France) for her first postdoctoral position, where she worked on the development of the catalytic asymmetric nitroso Diels-Alder reaction in the group of Professor Cyrille Kouklovsky. In 2009, Susannah moved to the University of Manchester, working as a postdoctoral associate in Professor David Procter’s research group. Her research at Manchester focused on the development of new samarium(II)-mediated cascade reactions and connective Pummerer reactions, with applications in medicinal, biological and materials chemistry. Susannah was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2012 to join the Technische Universität München (hosted by Professor Thorsten Bach) in order to learn about photochemistry (in particular, enantioselective photochemical reactions). In 2014, Susannah started her independent career at Lancaster University, and also joined the committee of the RSC’s Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group.