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Dr Vijay Chudasama

Summary
  Dr Vijay Chudasama graduated from University College London (UCL), 2008, where he worked on a novel, versatile approach for the synthesis of 2,4-substituted oxazoles under the tutelage of Dr. Jon Wilden. He received a number of awards/scholarships, including Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Chemistry Student of the Year (2008) , Bader Prize (2008), Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Medal and Prize (2008), Tufnell Scholarship (2008), Dean’s list (2008), Franz Sondheimer Prize (2007), Charles Vernon Prize (2007), Jackson-Lewis Scholarship (2006), Christopher-Ingold Scholarship (2005, 2006, 2007) and AstraZeneca Chemistry Bursary (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). Following his undergraduate studies, Dr Chudasama obtained his PhD (2011) at UCL working with both Prof. Stephen Caddick and Dr Richard Fitzmaurice on the use of aerobic aldehyde C-H activation for the construction of C-C and C-N bonds. He won a collection of awards/prizes: Ramsay Medal (2011), 1st Prize at Final Year Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology PhD Presentation Competition (2011),  Lilly Postgraduate Prize Day (2010), 1st Prize at UCL Chemistry Postgraduate Poster Competition (2010)  and UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship (2008, 2009, 2010). After his graduate work, Dr Chudasama took a year out to work in patent law, before returning to UCL to do a postdoctoral stay in the laboratories of Prof. Stephen Caddick and Dr Mark Smith where he turned his attention to developing novel reagents for cysteine and disulfide functionalisation. In 2013, he was highlighted by Scientific American to be one of 30 scientists, under 30 years old, across the world with promising prospects in Chemistry and selected to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laurette Meeting. In 2014, Dr Chudasama was awarded a prestigious Ramsay Fellowship in the field of Chemical Biology and was made Technical Director of biologicals company (ThioLogics), which is based on technology he is a co-inventor of (www.thiologics.com). In early 2015, Dr Chudasama was appointed to a lectureship at UCL following his being highlighted as a future leader in Science by Forbes magazine and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In late 2015, Dr Chudasama was awarded a UCL Excellence Fellowship and, in early 2016, was highlighted by CNN news for his research on antibody-drug conjugates. His group is multidisciplinary and currently consists of 5 postdocs, 3 PhD students and 2 MRes students.
Summary of research group
  Our group is primarily focused on answering important biological questions through the application of Organic Chemistry. We do this by designing and tuning a variety of chemical tools (from chemoselective reagents with orthogonal “click” handles to photoswitchable azobenzenes) for the particular system we are studying. We also work on novel methodologies based on aerobic C-H activation for the functionalisation of aldehydes, azo-dicarboxylates and various alkenes in a controlled manner. See http://chudasama-group.eu/research/ for more details.
Research highlights
   
Research Facilities
 
  • Mass Spec 
  • NMR
  • LC-MS
  • HIC
  • IR
  • UV-Vis
Awards
 
  • CNN News 2020 Visionary (2016) - CNN News highlighted VC’s as one of their ten 2020 visionaries in view of his pioneering research in the area of antibody-drug conjugates.
  • Student Choice Teaching Award (2016) - VC was the sole recipient of the UCL Outstanding Researcher Development award (voted for by UCL students); only one of these teaching awards is given out across all faculties at UCL.
  • UCL Excellence Fellowship (2015, 2016) - Awarded to top achieving early career academics at UCL.
  • Forbes List in Science and Medicine (2015) - Forbes has dedicated an issue of their magazine to highlight exceptional young talents who are changing the face of multiple industries; I was highlighted in Science. The short-list was compiled by a blue-ribbon panel of premier experts in Science, including leading professors at MIT, Harvard and Berkeley.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry ChemComm Emerging Investigator Issue (2015) - Recognises high quality research being carried out by international researchers in the early stages of their independent careers.
  • Ramsay Memorial Trust Fellowship (2014) - The prestigious Ramsay Fellowships are highly competitive and are awarded by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust to outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Deferred until July 2015.
  • Scientific American “30 under 30” (2013) - Highlighted by Scientific American to be one of 30 scientists, under 30 years old, across the world with promising prospects in Chemistry.
  • Ramsay Medal (2011) - The Ramsay Medal is awarded to the top post-graduate student studying in the final year of their PhD in the UCL Department of Chemistry. The award was judged on a research summary and an oral presentation. 
  • Wembley High Student of the Year (2003, 2004) - Best student at Wembley High Technology College.
  • Brent Governors’ Trophy (2004) - Best student in the London Borough of Brent.
  • Bader Bursary (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) - Awarded to high achieving, promising students from state schools.
  • AstraZeneca Chemistry Bursary (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) - Excellent academic achievement.
  • Christopher Ingold Scholarship (2005, 2006, 2007) - High academic standard in the Faculty of Physical Sciences.
  • Jackson Lewis Scholarship (2006) - Best second year undergraduate in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
  • Charles Vernon Prize (2007) - Awarded to the third year undergraduate that is considered to have done the most distinguished work in Biological Chemistry.
  • Franz Sondheimer Prize (2007) - Awarded to the third year undergraduate that is considered to have done the most distinguished work in Organic Chemistry.
  • Dean’s list (2008) - List of the best 10 students in the faculty.
  • Tufnell Scholarship (2008) - Best graduate, under the age of 24, progressing to the research school.
  • Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Medal and Prize (2008) - Most distinguished graduate in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
  • Bader Prize (2008) - Awarded to the best postgraduate beginning research in Organic, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.
  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Chemistry Student of the Year (2008) - The SET Awards are Britain's most important awards for Science and Technology undergraduates. The 3M Award for the Best Chemistry Student was judged by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship (2008, 2009, 2010) - Awarded to the top 15 students at UCL, across all faculties, for outstanding academic achievement.
  • Roche Continents (2010) - One of 100 students and post-docs across Europe selected to attend the workshop in Salzburg.
  • 1st Prize at UCL Chemistry Postgraduate Poster Competition (2010) - Best presentation in the area of Organic and Biological Chemistry. The award was judged by a GSK representative and was based on a 3 hour presentation.
  • 1st Prize at Final Year Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology PhD Presentation Competition (2011) The award for the best presentation in the area of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology was judged on an oral presentation.
Memberships
   
Research interests
 
  • Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology
  • Protein Modification, Bioconjugation, Antibody Functionalisation
  • Optogenetic Tools
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Click Chemistry
  • Small Molecule Drug Conjugates
  • Aerobic C-H Activation
  • Polymersomes
  • Au nanoparticles
  • Folic acid conjugates
Teaching
  Dr Chudasama has teaching interests in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He leads on tutorials for 1st and 2nd year students, workshops for 1st year students, lectures on a core 2nd year organic chemistry module (CHEM2201), demonstrates on laboratory courses to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students, and supervises 3rd year literature project students. Dr Chudasama also runs a laboratory module for New York University London.