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Mr Gary Hawes
Executive Secretary
Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust
Registry & Academic Services
UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

email: g.hawes@ucl.ac.uk

phone: +44 (0)20 7679 8592

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Award of Ramsay Fellowships

We are interested in news of all our Ramsay Fellows, both former and current, and we would be delighted to hear from you with details of where you are now, the research you are currently undertaking or have undertaken previously, and any honours or distinctions you may have achieved. Please contact the Trust or complete a 'Who's Who' of Ramsay Fellows form.

The 2013 Ramsay Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to the following:

  • Dr Stephen Butler, who previously studied for a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney, will be undertaking his Ramsay Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University, co-sponsored by the Department. He describes the research project that he will be undertaking for his Ramsay Fellowships as follows:
    Diseases such as cancer are triggered by miscommunication between cells. The key to treating cancer is to understand how cells communicate. We know this involves the movement of a phosphate group ‘on’ and ‘off’ proteins. We will create molecules which can visualise this process, by binding to the phosphate site on proteins and providing an observable fluorescent signal. These molecules will pave the way for new diagnostic tools and therapies for diabetes and cancer.
  • Dr Christopher Jones, will be undertaking his Ramsay Fellowship based in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London and co-sponsored by the School. Dr Jones previously studied for his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He describes the research project that he will be undertaking for his Ramsay Fellowships as follows:
    The ability to break specific carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds and directly replace the hydrogen with a different element is extremely desirable in chemical synthesis, as it offers the opportunity to rapidly construct valuable molecules (e.g. therapeutics, advanced materials) from cheap and abundant hydrocarbons. Most progress towards this challenging ideal has been made using potentially toxic and expensive metal catalysts; herein we propose a new paradigm for C-H bond manipulation that exploits reactive intermediates and is metal-free.
  • Dr Gareth Roberts, who previously studied for a PhD in Chemical Physics at Durham University, will be undertaking his Ramsay Fellowship in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, co-sponsored by the School. He describes the research project that he will be undertaking for his Ramsay Fellowships as follows:
    Through evolution, nature has remarkably encoded life using just four molecules within DNA: adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. It has been postulated that one pivotal reason for their exclusive selection stems from their exceptional capacity to withstand mutation upon absorbing, potentially toxic, ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. During this Fellowship, cutting-edge laser experiments and computer modelling will be used to develop a fundamental understanding of how the 'sunscreen-like' properties of these molecules prevent mutations in DNA.

The 2012 Ramsay Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to the following:

  • Dr Alistair Boyer, who previously studied for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, will be undertaking research to develop novel catalysts and investigate their applications to the creation of new and interesting organic molecules. Dr Boyer's Fellowship will be based in and co-sponsored by the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.
  • Dr Andreas Kafizas, who previously studied for a PhD at UCL, will be undertaking research to study the development of multilayer photoelectrode materials. Dr Kafizas’ Fellowship will be based in and co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.
  • Dr Alberto Roldan, who previously studied for his PhD at the University Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), will be undertaking computational studies of the catalytic formation of ammonia, and his Fellowship will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL and co-sponsored by the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The 2011 Ramsay Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to the following:

  • Dr Charles Dunnill - based in and co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry at UCL. Dr Dunnill will be undertaking research to investigate and evaluate the underpinning science behind the application of large scale electrolysis of sea water for hydrogen production.
  • Dr Jingping Hu - based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and is co-sponsored by UCL and the University of Oxford. Dr Hu will be undertaking research to study protein transitions by developing new experimental designs to integrate spectroscopic structural and electrochemical studies of these systems. 
  • Dr David Scanlon - based in and co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry at UCL. Dr Scanlon will be undertaking research using state-of-the-art quantum chemistry methods to predict the stability and properties of novel semiconductor materials for renewable energy applications.

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