Dr Gabriela Eggimann (July 2013 -)
Dr Chris Coxon (Postdoc October 2012 - )
I completed my first degree in medicinal chemistry at Newcastle University (2006) before undertaking a PhD with Prof. Roger Griffin at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, including a spell at the CRUK Institute of Cancer Research in Surrey. This involved the synthesis of inhibitors of novel anti-cancer targets, specifically kinases. I moved to Durham University in 2010 to work as a postdoctoral research associate for Prof. Patrick Steel, addressing chemical solutions to multiple herbicide resistance in grass weeds. Throughout this time I was involved with many aspects of chemistry and biology, including, microbiology and biochemical methods. I joined the Cobb group in Oct 2012 as a PDRA, where I currently work in the area of multicyclic peptides for application as putative protein-protein interaction inhibitors. I am a keen sportsman, enjoying football and golf in my free time and playing (weather permitting) for a local village cricket team.
Frances Chadbourne (PhD Student - writing up)
Originates from Essex, and left the county with the unfortunate reputation behind, to study Chemistry at the University of York, specialising in bio-organic chemistry. Following this, she moved to Durham to study for a PhD in 2009, to search for a cure for the flesh eating disease Leishmaniasis, studying peptide-based drugs. Outside of academia she enjoys running around the beautiful surroundings of Durham, and completed the Great North Run and a night-time walking marathon in 2010. She is hoping to run the GNR again this year, this time in costume.
Alex Hudson (2nd year PhD Student)
Grew up in the peak district and south Yorkshire before studying Chemistry at the University of Durham in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with an MChem and specialised in organic synthetic chemistry. After a year away he rejoined Durham to work with Dr. Cobb with a focus on peptide chemistry. Aside from academia he has spent his youth playing sport to a nominal level and idolizing Paul Scholes.
Bnar Ahmed (2nd year PhD Student, Joint with Karl Coleman)
I was born and raised in Baghdad/Iraq but I’m originally from Sulaymaniyah/Iraq. I got my B.Sc in Chemistry from Baghdad University in 2003, and then my M.Sc degree from the same university in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Salah Aliwi on photo polymerisation of vinyl monomer. Since then I have worked as a member of staff in Koya University. In my spare time I enjoy reading books, watching movies and listening to music. Currently I’m studying towards my PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Karl Coleman and Dr. Steven Cobb on bionanomaterials for drug delivery.
Asahi Cano (2nd year PhD Student, Joint with Beth Bromley and Corinna Hess)
I am originally from Valencia, Spain, and graduated from University of Valencia with BSc. in Chemistry (Sept.2009). In 2008/09 I took the opportunity to undertake a research project in Asymmetric Alkylations of ortho-substituted Diphenylmethanes with chiral bases at the University of Salford as an Erasmus student. I have also graduated with a MSc. in Experimental Organic Chemistry at the University of Valencia (Sept.2011), undertaking a dissertation regarding mechanism understanding of Pd-catalysed reactions on nitriles.Outside of academia, I like playing football. I support Valencia C.F. and idolize David Silva. Also, I like boxing, watching the Athletic Games, and I love the Olympics. I love languages and I would like to learn as many as I can.
Sam Lear (1st Year PhD student)
Originally from Macclesfield in Cheshire, Sam enrolled to study Chemistry at the University of Durham in 2007. He graduated with an M.Chem. in 2011 and carried out a final year project in the research group of Dr. Steven Cobb investigating the modification of peptides with light-cleavable groups for use in drug delivery. In September 2011 Sam returned to the Cobb Research Group as a KTA fellow. The current focus of his research is the chemical synthesis of monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1 or CCL2), working towards the rational design of small molecule inhibitors as part of an M.Sc. in association with Cambridge Research Biochemicals.
Maria Czyzewska (1st Year PhD Student)
Hannah Bolt (PhD student to start Oct 2013)
Alex Webster (PhD Student to start Oct 2013)