The Group

Elliot Farrar

First year PhD student, funded by the EPSRC

Elliot is currently a PhD student in the Grayson Group at the University of Bath. Elliot graduated from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences in 2018 before joining the University of Bath later that year. Elliot’s main academic interests lie in the computational modelling and investigation of organic chemical reactions.

Piers Townsend

MRes student, funded by the CSCT CDT

Piers graduated from Bangor University in 2018 with an MChem in Chemistry.  During his degree, Piers undertook a summer internship at Liquids Research Ltd where he was involved in the synthesis and characterisation of ferromagnetic fluids. In his third year, he did a computational project under the supervision of Dr. Keith Hughes, where he studied the quantum dynamics of charge-transfer in bulk architecture heterojunction photovoltaic devices. For his Masters project, Piers explored his interest in sustainability and investigated whether plastic mixtures can be characterised using 1H NMR spectroscopy. In his spare time Piers likes playing video games, playing table tennis and exploring the philosophy of our existence.

Carrie Fielden

MSc in Drug Discovery project student

Carrie is currently an MSc Drug Discovery student at the University of Bath. Carrie graduated from Cardiff university in 2017 where she studied chemistry, and in her final year undertook a computational project under the supervision of Dr Jamie Platts to investigate the mechanism of cisplatin analogue reactions. She then went on to study at Bath, where her project in the Grayson Group will use computational modelling to look at the origins of enantioselectivity in organic reactions governed by chiral phosphoric acids.

Connor Smieja

Undergraduate project student, MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Training

During his year in industry, Connor worked at GlaxoSmithKline’s Stevenage R&D site as part of a medicinal chemistry team, designing and synthesising novel molecules to treat fibrotic diseases. In his Masters project, Connor will use computational approaches to model carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions to aid in the design of covalent drugs.

Connor Wallis

Undergraduate project student, MSci Natural Sciences with Professional Placement

Connor is currently a final year undergraduate studying for an MSci in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath. During his placement year, he undertook a research position at the University of Georgia investigating drug mechanisms of action on parasitic filarial nematodes. He is now undertaking a final year project using computational chemistry to model covalent bond forming reactions. Outside of the lab, Connor enjoys competitive trampolining and playing video games.

Monica Smith

Undergraduate project student, MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery

Jaffer Zaidi

Undergraduate summer project student, BSc Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study Year abroad

Jaffer is currently undertaking a summer research internship in the Grayson Group, ahead of completing his final year as a BSc Chemistry for Drug Discovery student at the University of Bath. His project will involve using computational methods to study the mechanism of organic reactions.